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A violent theft crime, robbery is harshly penalized in Washington. First-degree robbery is a class A felony, punishable by life in prison. When your entire future is on the line, you need someone on your side who will fight tirelessly to help you avoid maximum penalties. You need a criminal defense lawyer who will not rest until your defense has been handled so competently that you have been given the best chance at an acquittal or even a dismissal of robbery charges altogether. You need a defense team that will look at your case from every possible angle, leaving nothing to chance when crafting your defense. You need Perez & Perez Law, PLLC.

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The penalties for robbery in Washington State will vary depending on the manner in which the offense was allegedly committed, as well as whether the defendant has any prior felony convictions on his or her record. Under Washington's Persistent Offender Act, a third violent crime conviction will result in enhanced, mandatory penalties.

The following penalties may apply for robbery convictions in Washington:

  • First-degree robbery: involving the possession or use of a deadly weapon, the possession or use of what appears to be a deadly weapon or the infliction of bodily injury, or when committed against a financial institution. This is a class A felony punishable by up to life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
  • Second-degree robbery: taking another's property by force, fear, or threat of injury, in the victim's presence and against the victim's will. This is a class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

Moving quickly and involving an attorney is one of the best things you can to do to avoid these serious penalties. Even if the odds seem stacked against you, an intelligent and creative legal team may be able to find that single piece of evidence or that violation of your constitutional rights that turns the case around in your favor.

Note: the law in Washington recently has been changed to remove 2nd degree Robbery from the three-strikes list, thanks to the efforts of organizations like WACDL (Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers), who have lobbied the legislature for rational sentencing laws. This is a rare example of an enlightened decision by our government. But don't count on any more like this. Act quickly if you've been charged or are under investigation.

Contact Us at (425) 748-5005 to learn more about the steps a robbery defense attorney can take to protect your future.

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