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Fighting Robbery Allegations in North Carolina

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Robbery is generally defined as a theft crime that involves taking property, finances, or services from another party with the use of force, threats, or intentional intimidation. Since a person who is being robbed will have reason to fear for his or her wellbeing and health, robbery may also be defined as a particular kind of violent crime. Due to these circumstances, it is not uncommon for robbery of any degree in North Carolina to be considered a felony.

If you are convicted of a felony in North Carolina, penalties could include:

  • One year in prison or longer
  • Thousands in fines paid to the state
  • Restitution fees paid to alleged victim
  • Destruction of reputation (mark on record)

James Rutherford, Attorney at Law has built a successful career on protecting the rights of the criminally accused in North Carolina. When you are staring at the unforgiving penalties of the criminal justice system, you need someone to stand by your side and turn your case to your favor. Contact our Wilmington robbery lawyer today to get all the information you need about how you can defend yourself against robbery charges.

If you are facing charges for robbery, turn to James Rutherford, Attorney at Law for aggressive defense. Contact us today!

Potential Defenses to Robbery Charges

Being accused of robbery is a serious situation. You need to start thinking about how you can craft a serious defense right away. With the assistance of our North Carolina robbery attorney, you can explore potential defenses to use for your case. Keep in mind that no two cases are identical and one, some, or none of the following defenses might be applicable to your situation.

Three common defense to robbery charges are:

  1. Mistaken identity: Most robbery crimes are conducted in the darkness and by individuals who have taken deliberate steps to try to conceal their features. It is more than plausible that you have been mistaken for someone who actually carried out the crime.
  2. No threat: Theft without any sort of threat is not robbery. Your charges could be greatly reduced if it is shown that there was no threat or intimidation involved.
  3. False claims: There is always the possibility that the accusations against you are entirely false, put forth by ulterior motives, such as a petty attempt at revenge for a personal disagreement. Proving you had no motivation to commit the robbery could dismantle all the evidence the prosecution has tried to collect and utilize.

A Criminal Defender You Can Trust

Wilmington robbery attorney James Rutherford is a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, a title that few lawyers hold in all of North Carolina. This certification, along with his selection to Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ and an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, has solidified his reputation as lawyer people can lean on when the criminal justice system is intent on doling out maximum penalties for alleged crimes.

Facing charges for robbery? Get a strong Wilmington robbery attorney in your corner today by calling (910) 595-1377 and asking for a free consultation.

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