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:
(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.