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How Can I Defend Myself Against Robbery Charges in Illinois?

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According to Illinois law, a robbery occurs when a person took property that did not belong to him or her from another person by use of force or the threat of force. If the alleged perpetrator possessed a firearm or other weapon at the time of the offense, he or she may be charged with armed robbery. If you or a loved one have been arrested and charged with robbery, you may be shocked and unsure of what to do next. Being charged with a violent criminal offense has the potential to change the alleged perpetrator’s life forever. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you build a strong defense against the criminal charges.

Penalties for Robbery in Illinois

Robbery is typically a Class 2 felony in Illinois punishable by up to seven years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000. If the robbery took place at a rehabilitation facility, church, school, or childcare facility, or the offense was committed against an elderly or disabled person, robbery becomes a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Armed robbery is a Class X felony. In Illinois, Class X felony offenses may result in life in prison. As you can see, the criminal consequences of robbery or armed robbery are severe. It is important to get started on your defense right away.

Possible Defenses Against Robbery Charges

To secure a conviction for robbery in Illinois, the prosecution must prove several elements. They must prove that:

  • You took property directly from a person or took the property in the person’s presence

  • You took the property through the use of force or the threat of force

  • You possessed a weapon at the time of the offense (if you have been charged with armed robbery)

The prosecution must prove these elements “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This burden of proof is the highest and most difficult to attain. You may be able to avoid a conviction if you and your attorney can show that the burden of proof has not been met. Often, this is accomplished by showing that the evidence against the criminal defendant is not substantial enough to meet the high standard needed to convict someone of a crime. It may also be accomplished by presenting evidence that negates the allegations brought against the defendant. For example, if the defendant can prove that he or she was at work at the time of the robbery, the prosecution may be unable to overcome this alibi. Evidence such as eyewitness statements, security camera footage, and police reports may be used to strengthen a criminal defendant’s case.

Contact a Plainfield, IL Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you or your loved one is facing charges for robbery in Illinois, contact the Law Offices of Tedone & Morton, P.C. We can help you build a strong defense against the charges and ensure that your rights are not violated. Call the Joliet office at 815-666-1285 or the Plainfield office at 815-733-5350 to schedule a free, confidential consultation with our reputable Will County criminal defense attorneys.

 

Source:

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=1876&SeqStart=61900000&SeqEnd=62600000

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