Michigan Robbery Crimes
If you've been charged with a Michigan robbery crime for the very first time, this doesn't make you a criminal or a bad person. I see clients on a daily basis who have have never been been arrested or investigated for a crime in their life. It's quite common that a good person will get themselves in a bad situation, which results in being charged with a Michigan robbery crime.
There are a number of distinct robbery offenses in Michigan, which the prosecution must prove all elements beyond a reasonable doubt.
The first offense is Michigan Armed Robbery, which requires the prosecution to prove that the use of force or violence or an assault was used against another in the course of committing a larceny, while the defendant is either armed with a dangerous weapon or an article is used to lead the person to reasonably believe the defendant is armed with a dangerous weapon. This offense carries a possible life sentence.
The second weapon offense is Michigan Assault with Intent to Rob and Steal While Being Armed. The crime is defined as any person, being armed with a dangerous weapon, or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead a person so assaulted reasonably to believe it to be a dangerous weapon, who shall assault another with intent to rob and steal shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for life, or for any term of years." There is also a charge similar, which the defendant is unarmed, called Michigan Assault with Intent to Rob and Steal While Being Unarmed, which is a 15 year imprisonment.
The third weapon offense is Michigan Unarmed Robbery, which requires the prosecution to prove the use of force or violence or an assault against any person who is present in the course of committing a larceny. Unarmed Robbery in Michigan carries possible imprisonment of 15 years.
The fourth weapon offense is Michigan Carjacking, which carries life in prison as a penalty, and requires the prosecution to show the use of force or violence against the operator, passenger or person in possession of a car in the course of committing a larceny.
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