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How serious is a robbery charge in California?

Here in California, many types of sentencing are much more lenient than in other regions of the country, and in some cases, things that could land a person behind bars in a state like Alabama are completely legal in California.

However, when it comes to robbery charges, the prospects are still fairly serious. In California, all forms of robbery (which is essentially theft involving violence or threat of harm) are classified as felonies.

When considering the severity of your charges, it is important not only to consider the length of time you may face behind bars, but also the consequences you may face after serving time. The good news is that California does have more lenient sentencing for robbery charges than other states, but a felony conviction is still a life-changer.

In California, a second degree robbery may lead to two to five years in prison, whereas a first degree robbery may lead to three to nine years. While this is significantly less than most other states, where the sentencing can mean decades of life behind bars, or in some instances even life in prison or capital punishment, a felony is nothing to laugh at.

As a convicted felon, you'll lose your right to vote and may never be able to legally own a firearm again, among other things. Furthermore, your prospects for employment or renting property plummet severely.

If you are facing robbery charges, you must do everything that you can to defend yourself against these charges. Your rights and your freedoms are in serious danger and may be stripped away from you by a conviction. An experienced attorney can help you design a personalized defense and identify strong strategies to keep your rights protected against these charges.

Source: FindLaw, "California Robbery Laws," accessed July 28, 2017

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