A criminal law DC robbery lawyer/DC theft lawyer will guide you through the criminal justice system and protect your rights at every step of the way. Our DC criminal lawyers will carefully consider facts and circumstances of your case, employ the statutory language, standard of proof, and the relevant case law in order to prevail in court. Below are some basic information you would need if facing a robbery or a theft charge in the Washington DC jurisdiction.
A person commits the offense of theft if that person wrongfully obtains or uses the property of another with intent to deprive the other of a right to the property or a benefit of the property; or to appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of a third person.
The term “wrongfully obtains or uses” generally means: (1) taking or exercising control over property; (2) making an unauthorized use, disposition, or transfer of an interest in or possession of property; or (3) obtaining property by trick, false pretense, false token, tampering, or deception. The term “wrongfully obtains or uses” includes conduct previously known as larceny, larceny by trick, larceny by trust, embezzlement, and false pretenses.
In cases in which the theft of property is in the form of services, proof that a person obtained services that he or she knew or had reason to believe were available to him or her only for compensation and that he or she departed from the place where the services were obtained knowing or having reason to believe that no payment had been made for the services rendered in circumstances where payment is ordinarily made immediately upon the rendering of the services or prior to departure from the place where the services are obtained, shall be prima facie evidence that the person had committed the offense of theft.
Penalties for theft in the first degree shall not be a fine of more than $5,000 or imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both, if the value of the property obtained or used is $1,000 or more. Any person convicted of theft in the second degree shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than 180 days, or both, if the property obtained or used has some value.
A person convicted of theft in the first or second degree who has 2 or more prior convictions for theft, not committed on the same occasion, shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned for not more than 10 years and for a mandatory-minimum term of not less than one year, or both.
A person commits the offense of receiving stolen property if that person buys, receives, possesses, or obtains control of stolen property, knowing or having reason to believe that the property was stolen, with intent to deprive another of the right to the property or a benefit of the property.
Any person convicted of receiving stolen property shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than 7 years, or both, if the value of the stolen property is $250 or more. Any person convicted of receiving stolen property shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than 180 days, or both, if the value of the stolen property is less than $250.
In Washington DC, robbery is defined as taking the property of another from his or her person or immediate presence using force or violence and with intent to cause the surrender of the property or to prevent resistance. In Washington DC, the intent to steal must be formed either before or during the commission of the act of force.
Robbery conviction in Washington DC has a potential prison sentence of not less than two years and not more than 15 years. Robbery while armed (firearm, dangerous or deadly weapon, including but not limited to: sawed-off shotgun, shotgun, machine gun, rifle, dirk, bowie knife, butcher knife, switchblade knife, razor, blackjack, billy, or metallic false knuckles) however has a range of prison term between five to 30 years. Mandatory five-year prison term for armed robbery committed with an operable firearm. The taking must be by violence, intimidation, putting the person in fear, force, or the threat of bodily harm.
Engaging the services of an experienced and seasoned criminal law DC robbery lawyer is not only essential but critical in defending against a most likely significant sentence upon possible conviction. Our DC criminal lawyers are seasoned litigators, capable and zealous in their representation. Contact our DC theft lawyers/DC robbery lawyers today for free initial case analysis and evaluation.