Robbery is a serious crime that often involves threats or accusations of violence. For this reason, a robbery conviction carries serious consequences. Robbery is usually a state crime, unless it involves a bank or other federally protected victim.

Robbery is the taking, or the attempted taking, of something of value by force, threatened force, or putting the victim in fear.

Prohibited Activities

In order to be found guilty of robbery, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
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The person took the property of another;
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From his person or immediate presence;
By the use of force or intimidation.


In California, robbery is punishable by up to nine years in prison. This sentence may be enhanced if certain factors, such as the use of a firearm, are included.

The federal government punishes bank robbery, for example, by a fine and up to ten years in prison. Other federal robbery charges may be punished similarly.

Texas punishes robbery based on the value of the property that was taken. At the high end, robbery is a first degree felony with a punishment of a $10,000 fine and a prison sentence of 5 to 99 years or life.
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