Robbery is a violent larceny offense in North Carolina that involves an alleged offender taking property from an alleged victim by force or through intimidation. All robberies in North Carolina are felony offenses punishable by lengthy prison sentences.
The alleged use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon can dramatically impact the possible sentence an alleged offender receives. It is not uncommon for the people accused of these types of crimes to have been misidentified by alleged victims, and other alleged offenders can be charged with robbery for attempting to retake property they knew or believed was their own.
Attorney for Robbery Arrests in Raleigh, NC
If you believe that you might be under investigation or you were already arrested in the Research Triangle area for an alleged robbery, it will be in your best interest to make sure that you have legal representation before making any kind of statement to authorities. The Coolidge Law Firm aggressively defends clients accused of theft and property offenses in Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Apex, Cary, and many surrounding areas of Wake County.
David Coolidge is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Raleigh who also represents students at such local higher learning institutions as Duke University, Meredith College, North Carolina State University, and Shaw University. Call (919) 239-8448 to have our attorney provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free initial consultation.
Overview of Robbery Crimes in North Carolina
- What is the difference between armed robbery and common law robbery?
- How long can convicted offenders be sentenced to prison?
- Where can I find more information about robbery in Raleigh?
Under North Carolina General Statute § 14-87, an alleged offender who, having in possession or with the use or threatened use of any firearms or other dangerous weapon, implement or means, whereby the life of a person is endangered or threatened, unlawfully takes or attempts to take personal property from another or from any place of business, residence or banking institution or any other place where there is a person or persons in attendance, at any time, either day or night, or who aids or abets any such person or persons in the commission of such crime, commits the Class D felony offense of robbery with firearms or other dangerous weapons (commonly referred to as armed robbery). Any other robbery allegedly committed without a firearm or other dangerous weapon is considered a “common law robbery” and is classified as a Class G felony under North Carolina General Statute § 14-87.1.
Chapter 14, Article 17 of the North Carolina General Statutes also establishes train robbery as a Class D felony offense under North Carolina General Statute § 14-88. An alleged offender commits the Class I felony offense of safecracking under North Carolina General Statute § 14-89.1 if that person unlawfully removes from its premises a safe or vault for the purpose of stealing, tampering with, or ascertaining its contents, or unlawfully opens, enters, or attempts to open or enter a safe or vault:
- By the use of explosives, drills, or tools;
- Through the use of a stolen combination, key, electronic device, or other fraudulently acquired implement or means;
- Through the use of a master key, duplicate key or device made or obtained in an unauthorized manner, stethoscope or other listening device, electronic device used for unauthorized entry in a safe or vault, or other surreptitious means; or
- By the use of any other safecracking implement or means.
North Carolina uses a “structured sentencing” method of punishing convicted criminals. Sentences for alleged offenders are determined based not only the nature of the criminal offense they have been charged with but also the gravity of their prior criminal records.
Depending on the grade of felony an alleged offender has been charged with, a conviction can result in one of three kinds of punishments: an active punishment is a sentence that requires a person to be incarcerated in the state prison system, an intermediate punishment is a sentence of supervised probation that may include other possible conditions, and a community punishment is any sentence other than an active or intermeditate punishment.
An alleged offender is also assigned one of six prior record levels based on offenses in that person’s criminal records. Sentence ranges on the felony punishment chart are further staggered into three possible ranges: an aggravated range applies to cases with more aggravating factors, a mitigated range applies to cases with more mitigating factors, and a presumptive range is used for cases with an equal amount of or no mitigating factors and aggravating factors.
Robbery convictions are generally punishable as follows:
Prior Record Level I
Prior Record Level II
Prior Record Level III
Prior Record Level IV
Prior Record Level V
Prior Record Level VI
Community or Intermediate
Intermediate or Active
Intermediate or Active
Intermediate or Active
Police Divisions | Raleigh Police Department — In this section of the Raleigh Police Department website, you can learn more about the different divisions of the Raleigh Police Department. The Detective Division includes a Robbery Unit that investigates alleged robbery offenses. Each centralized unit is supervised by a detective sergeant, and district detectives handle robberies occurring in their geographic areas.
Raleigh Police Department
222 W. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Raleigh CrimeStoppers — Raleigh CrimeStoppers is a nonprofit organization that “works with the police, the media, and the community to create a confidential flow of information about crime and criminals.” You can anonymously report a crime tip by phone, by text, or online. Certain tipsters can be eligible for cash rewards.
Raleigh Crime Stoppers
410 N. Boylan Ave
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 834-HELP (4357)
The Coolidge Law Firm | Raleigh Robbery Defense Lawyer
Were you recently arrested or do you think that you could be under investigation for an alleged robbery anywhere in the Research Triangle? Do not say anything to authorities without legal counsel. Contact the Coolidge Law Firm as soon as possible.
Raleigh criminal defense attorney David Coolidge fights to protect the rights of individuals all over Wake County, including Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, Zebulon, Morrisville, Raleigh, and many other nearby communities as well as students at such local colleges as William Peace University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and Wake Technical Community College (Wake Tech). You can have our lawyers review your case and answer all of your legal questions as soon as you call (919) 239-8448 or complete an online contact form to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation.