What is Robbery?

What is Robbery?



Robbery is the taking of property from another, while the property is in that person’s possession.

In Louisiana Robbery is considered a crime of violence.  The use of a firearm or destructive weapon during the commission of the crime could produce a lengthy prison term. In Louisiana one must serve 85% of the prison term imposed upon conviction for a crime of violence.


 Armed Robbery is defined as taking or stealing something of value form another person without their permission. When force and/or intimidation are used during the commission of said robbery while also using a dangerous weapon, such as a firearm or a knife, the severity of the punishment may also be increase.

Examples of punishable acts of Robbery and possible sentence:

  • Armed Robbery – Is the act of taking a valuable from another person by force or intimidation while using a dangerous weapon. The definition of a weapon is not limited to firearm – any object used to intimidate may qualify as a weapon- for example: a knife, or a crowbar could be sufficient to cause fear in another person. This form of Robbery crime carries a minimum sentence of 10 years to 99 years in prison.  In other words. If convicted, a minimum of 10 years or more will be served in jail.
    • First Degree Robbery – Is the act of taking a valuable from another when the offender does not have a weapon, but leads the victim to believe that he/she does have a weapon. This crime carries a minimum of 3 years to a maximum of 40 years.
    • Simple Robbery – Is the act of taking something of value by use of force or intimidation, but not armed with a dangerous weapon.  This crime carries a possible term in prison of 0 to 7 years in prison.
    • Carjacking – Is the act of taking a motor vehicle while the vehicle is in use by another person and the use of force or intimidation to carry out the crime. A weapon need not be involved. This crime carries a possible term in prison of  2 years to 20 years in prison.
    • Purse Snatching – Is the theft of a purse or a wallet when, at the time of the Robbery,  the alleged victim had immediate control of the purse or the wallet. If the purse or the wallet are taken by force and/or intimidation but the perpetrator was not armed with a firearm or any other weapon.  This crime carries a possible term in prison of  2years to 20 years in prison.
    • Theft – Is the theft of taking anything of value from another person, without their consent, knowledge or permission or by means of fraudulent means with the intention of depriving the other party permanently of the valuable. Theft unlike the other crimes previously described, carries a possible sentence based on the value of the item stolen.
    • For instance: If the value of the item stolen in than $300.00, the charge is considered a misdemeanor which carries a possible sentence of 0 to 6 months in prison. If the value is $300.00 to $500.00  the possible sentence is of  0 to 2 years. If the value is $500  or more, then the possible sentence is of 0 to 10 years in prison.

We Urge to Seek Legal Representation Immediately


If you are suspected in or charged with a crime in Louisiana that involves Robbery, you must contact a local criminal defense attorney right away. Do not take a Robbery charge lightly.

Make no mistake; these are extremely serious charges with grave consequences ahead if you do not take quick action. Seek legal counsel right away. A skillful attorney can help you navigate the criminal justice system and obtain the best possible outcome in your case.

At The Law Firm of Regan & Sandhu, P.L.C., our primary interest is to provide you, our client, with excellent representation.  The information we provide for you here is not intended as legal advice, but it is a merely informational.