Flagstaff Lawyer: Three Types of Robbery Under Arizona Law

As you’ve probably figured out by now, the law is never simple and easy. Robbery laws are no exception. There are three types of Robbery under Arizona criminal law:

(1) robbery;

(2) aggravated robbery; and

(3) armed robbery.

See A.R.S. sections 13-1902 et seq.

First, a basic robbery occurs where a person threatens or uses force against another person to take their property. Robbery is a class 4 felony, quite serious.

Second, an aggravated robbery is where a person commits a basic robbery but has an accomplice “actually present” while committing the robbery. The logic behind this is that having an accomplice is a show of force, thus increasing the threat to the victim. Aggravated Robbery is a class 3 felony.

Third, an armed robbery is where a person commits robbery and has or uses a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. It even includes a simulated deadly weapon, like if you put a fake gun under your shirt, threaten a cashier with the “gun” under your shirt, and steal money from the cash register.

Although you only had a fake gun, you’ve committed an armed robbery, punishable as a class 2 felony. And it can be a “dangerous” offense for the purpose of sentencing.

All robbery charges are incredibly serious and should be handled by a dedicated criminal defense attorney.

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