Chicago Robbery Defense Attorney
Are You Facing Charges Of Robbery In Cook County?
FBI statistics show that more than 350,000 robberies take place on average each year. In Illinois, Robbery is defined in 720 ILCS 5/18-1 as knowingly taking property from the person or presence of another by the use of force or by threatening the imminent use of force.
Robbery crimes can be further broken down by whether or not a weapon was used (armed robbery). The type of robbery a person is charged with will have a big impact on what kind of penalties they will face if convicted, with long prison sentences and heavy fines being potential consequences in some cases.
Through my experience as a robbery defense lawyer, I have defended many cases, each of which has it’s own set of unique circumstances. I have been able to employ effective defenses strategies that have resulted in not-guilty verdicts. While each case will offer a different set of facts to work with, there are some robbery defense techniques that are fairly common.
One of these is for a defendant to be able to offer a solid alibi. As a defense attorney, I only need to prove that there is reasonable doubt as to whether the defendant committed the crime. A prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime was committed. If I can present witnesses that place the defendant somewhere else at the time the robbery was committed, this is oftentimes enough to meet the burden of reasonable doubt.
Committing a robbery under the threat of duress, meaning that the defendant was threatened with serious bodily injury or death if they did not commit the robbery, this can be another effective defense. In instances such as this, it’s my job to prove that the threat existed to the degree that it can provide a reasonable doubt about the defendant’s guilt.
In other cases, an entrapment defense may be used. This takes place when one person instigates a robbery as a way to get back at a defendant for any number of reasons. This is also known as “framing” another for a crime they did not commit.
The important thing is to seek legal representation as soon as possible after charges are brought. Making a misstep anywhere along the way can lead to years of regret down the road.
David M. Smith Attorney at Law, PC serves clients in Chicago, Cook County and surrounding Illinois communities.