Robbery is the taking of money or property from a person, without their consent, during which the victim is either put in fear or harmed. In Michigan, in such circumstances, a defendant may face charges of unarmed robbery, armed robbery, carjacking (when the property stolen includes a car), or bank robbery. All of those offenses are felonies; with the exception of unarmed robbery, they are all punishable by up to life in prison.

The length of the prison sentence that follows a robbery conviction depends on a variety of factors. Michigan courts must consider, for example, the number of victims involved, the presence and use of any weapons in the course of the robbery, any severe injury inflicted on the victim, as well as the defendant’s prior criminal history.

A person may be charged with armed robbery even if he or she used an object that was only intended to look like a weapon, or led the alleged victim to believe that he or she had a dangerous weapon—even if no such weapon was ever involved.

If you are facing robbery charges in Michigan, you should contact a Michigan criminal defense attorney right away. You will need an advocate who is knowledgeable about the law and local courts, ready to challenge the evidence against you, and experienced in negotiating with prosecutors. At the Leydorf Law Firm, attorney Nicholas Leydorf has achieved outstanding results for clients who were accused of weapons offenses, assault and battery, and other serious criminal offenses. Mr. Leydorf has provided aggressive, effective representation to clients in more than 50 counties across the state.

For a confidential evaluation of your case, please contact The Leydorf Law Firm at any time by calling (517) 388-6800 or emailing