Robbery in Arizona is a very serious crime and is governed under A.R.S. § 13-1901 et seq. Sometimes people confuse the crime of robbery with the crime of theft. But robbery is different. Robbery, as opposed to theft, is considered a violent crime because it involves taking something from someone else through the use of force or fear. Under A.R.S. § 13-1902 (A), “[a] person commits robbery if in the course of taking any property of another from his person or immediate presence and against his will, such person threatens or uses force against any person with intent either to coerce surrender of property or to prevent resistance to such person taking or retaining property.” Robbery (non-aggravated) is charged as a class 4 felony. See A.R.S. § 13-1902 (B).

But there are more serious types of robbery depending on the circumstances. Aggravated robbery occurs when, in the course of the commission of a robbery, one or more accomplices participates in carrying out the robbery. Aggravated robbery is a class 3 felony. See A.R.S. § 13-1903. The most serious kind of robbery is armed robbery as defined under A.R.S. § 13-1904. Armed robbery occurs when, in the course of committing a robbery, a person (or accomplice) uses or threatens to use a deadly weapon (or simulated) deadly weapon. Armed robbery is a class 2 felony, which could carry a sentence between 4 and 10 years in prison.

If you think you are going to be accused of robbery or are the subject of a robbery investigation, it is critical to contact an attorney who can intervene early on in the process, before charges have been filed. Early intervention can reduce the possibility of a criminal charge being filed and can mitigate the severity of the consequences of the situation. The experienced Arizona criminal defense attorneys at Giordano Spanier & Heckele, PLLC can help. Call today for a consultation: (520) 433-9031. Or email us at