Powerful Advocacy Against Robbery Charges

Robbery is sometimes misunderstood as theft plus the use of force. In Arkansas, robbery is a much broader crime. Any felony, such as arson or drug trafficking, may include a robbery charge if threats of force are used during the commission of the felony.

Robbery can be charged under Section 5-12-102 or 5-12-103 of the Arkansas Code. Both categories are considered felonies:

  • Simple robbery: Robbery is committed with the purpose of committing a felony or a theft or resisting arrest after such offense, when the person uses or threatens to use physical force upon another person. Simple robbery is a Class B felony and punishable by five to 30 years in prison.
  • Aggravated robbery: Aggravated robbery, known in Arkansas as armed robbery, is a Class Y felony and is punishable by 10 to 40 years of imprisonment. The state can charge a defendant with aggravated robbery if the defendant commits a robbery along with any one of the following:

    • The defendant was armed with a deadly weapon.
    • The defendant represents by word or conduct that a deadly weapon was present.
    • The defendant inflicts or attempts to inflict death or serious physical injury on another person.

The government sometimes uses simple robbery as a way to elevate a crime that would otherwise be a misdemeanor.

Does The First Offender Act Apply To Robbery?

Arkansas's First Offender Act offers conviction relief for people who have never before been convicted of a crime. Under the First Offender Act, if you successfully complete your probation and are a first-time offender, you may have your record sealed or expunged.

The First Offender Act is not available to people charged with a sex crime against a person younger than 18. Defendants charged with a violent felony are also ineligible for the first-offender option. Arkansas law defines aggravated robbery as a violent felony, but simple robbery is not considered a violent felony.

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