All criminal accusations are serious. However, some offenses are treated more aggressively than others, subjecting individuals to potentially harsh penalties. Amongst these are violent crimes. Murder, assault, battery, and robbery are all diligently prosecuted, often to send a message to the community that such offenses will not be tolerated. Therefore, those accused of a violent crime may be fighting for their freedom, reputation and, in some instances, their lives.
Robbery has different forms. In Oklahoma, armed robbery occurs when an individual uses a firearm or another dangerous weapon to rob or attempt to rob an individual. It does not matter whether the weapon is real or not, so long as the individual being robed believes the weapon to be real. This offense is prosecuted as a felony, and a conviction may result in a life-long prison sentence. The minimum prison sentence is five years. If an individual is convicted of three similar felonies, then he or she may be imprisoned for life, but for no less than 10 years.
As can be seen here, crimes that threaten the safety and well-being of another are harshly punished. In addition to prison, those accused of these crimes may suffer a damaged reputation, which could severely impact his or her personal relationships and professional opportunities.
Thus, those facing violent crime allegations have a lot to lose. To protect their best interests, it may be wise for them to seek out their legal options. One of these options is to speak with a criminal defense attorney about defense strategies and how best to pursue them.
Source: Oklahoma State Courts Network, "Chapter 28 - Robbery," accessed on Jan. 19, 2014