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An alleged offender commits the crime of theft is her or she obtains or exerts control over either the property or services of another party with the purpose to deprive the owner of property or services. When a theft crime involves the use of a deadly weapon, the use or threat of force, or an infliction, attempt to inflict, or threat to inflict physical harm on another person, the offense constitutes robbery.

Robbery is a felony offense, and cases involving serious physical harm to alleged victims or the display or use of deadly weapon can result in aggravated robbery charges. Convictions for robbery offenses carry steep penalties that include lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines.

Lawyer for Robbery Arrests in Cincinnati, OH

Were you arrested or do you think that you might be under investigation for an alleged robbery in the greater Hamilton County area? Do not say anything to authorities without legal representation. Contact Joslyn Law Firm as soon as possible.

Brian Joslyn is an award-winning criminal defense attorney in Cincinnati who represents clients accused of theft offenses in Sycamore, Bridgetown, Anderson, Green, Delhi, Miamitown, Norwood, Harrison, Springdale, and many other surrounding areas in southwest Ohio. You can have our lawyer provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (513) 399-6289 to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation.

Overview of Robbery Crimes in Ohio

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Robbery Charges in Hamilton County

Under Ohio Revised Code § 2911.02, robbery is a third-degree felony if an alleged offender, in attempting or committing a theft offense or in fleeing immediately after the attempt or offense, uses or threatens the immediate use of force against another person. Robbery becomes a second-degree felony if, in attempting or committing a theft offense or in fleeing immediately after the attempt or offense, the alleged offender does any of the following:

  • Has a deadly weapon on or about the alleged offender's person or under the alleged offender's control; or
  • Inflicts, attempts to inflict, or threatens to inflict physical harm on another.

Ohio Revised Code § 2923.11(A) defines a deadly weapon as “any instrument, device, or thing capable of inflicting death, and designed or specially adapted for use as a weapon, or possessed, carried, or used as a weapon.” An alleged offender can be charged with aggravated robbery under Ohio Revised Code § 2911.01 if he or she, in attempting or committing a theft offense, or in fleeing immediately after the attempt or offense, does any of the following:

  • Has a deadly weapon on or about the alleged offender's person or under the alleged offender's control and either displays the weapon, brandishes it, indicates that the alleged offender possesses it, or uses it;
  • Has a dangerous ordnance on or about the alleged offender's person or under the alleged offender's control; or
  • Inflicts, or attempts to inflict, serious physical harm on another person.

Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony. Ohio Revised Code § 2923.11(K) defines a dangerous ordnance as any of the following:

  • Any automatic or sawed-off firearm, zip-gun, or ballistic knife;
  • Any explosive device or incendiary device;
  • Nitroglycerin, nitrocellulose, nitrostarch, PETN, cyclonite, TNT, picric acid, and other high explosives; amatol, tritonal, tetrytol, pentolite, pecretol, cyclotol, and other high explosive compositions; plastic explosives; dynamite, blasting gelatin, gelatin dynamite, sensitized ammonium nitrate, liquid-oxygen blasting explosives, blasting powder, and other blasting agents; and any other explosive substance having sufficient brisance or power to be particularly suitable for use as a military explosive, or for use in mining, quarrying, excavating, or demolitions;
  • Any firearm, rocket launcher, mortar, artillery piece, grenade, mine, bomb, torpedo, or similar weapon, designed and manufactured for military purposes, and the ammunition for that weapon;
  • Any firearm muffler or suppressor; or
  • Any combination of parts that is intended by the owner for use in converting any firearm or other device into a dangerous ordnance.

A dangerous ordnance, however, does not include any of the following:

  • Any firearm, including a military weapon and the ammunition for that weapon, and regardless of its actual age, that employs a percussion cap or other obsolete ignition system, or that is designed and safe for use only with black powder;
  • Any pistol, rifle, or shotgun, designed or suitable for sporting purposes, including a military weapon as issued or as modified, and the ammunition for that weapon, unless the firearm is an automatic or sawed-off firearm;
  • Any cannon or other artillery piece that, regardless of its actual age, is of a type in accepted use prior to 1887, has no mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or other system for absorbing recoil and returning the tube into battery without displacing the carriage, and is designed and safe for use only with black powder;
  • Black powder, priming quills, and percussion caps possessed and lawfully used to fire a cannon of a type defined in division (L)(3) of this section during displays, celebrations, organized matches or shoots, and target practice, and smokeless and black powder, primers, and percussion caps possessed and lawfully used as a propellant or ignition device in small-arms or small-arms ammunition; or
  • Dangerous ordnance that is inoperable or inert and cannot readily be rendered operable or activated, and that is kept as a trophy, souvenir, curio, or museum piece.

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Robbery Penalties in Cincinnati

Robbery convictions are punishable as follows, depending on the classification of the offense:

  • Third-Degree Felony — Up to 60 months in prison and/or fine of up to $10,000;
  • Second-Degree Felony — Up to eight years in prison and/or fine of up to $15,000; or
  • First-Degree Felony — Up to 11 years in prison and/or fine of up to $20,000.

Felony convictions can also result in the loss of the right to vote or possess firearms as well as the revocation of state licenses and possible ineligibility for federal benefits.

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Ohio Resources for Robbery Offenses

Crime Stoppers of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky — Crime Stoppers in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana identifies itself as “a partnership between the community, the media and law enforcement” that provides cash rewards to persons providing anonymous information that leads to the arrest of criminals and fugitives. You can anonymously submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone, online, or through text messaging. View a list of most wanted suspects as well as people arrested because of Crime Stoppers tips.

Cincinnati, OH Crime Map | SpotCrime — SpotCrime aggregates crime data using information from police departments, news reports, and user-generated content, then maps the incidents and plots them on Google Maps. You can view recent robbery arrests in Raleigh as well as theft, burglary, assault, and arson offenses. You can also submit crime tips and register to receive alerts.

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Joslyn Law Firm | Cincinnati Robbery Defense Attorney

If you believe that you could be under investigation or you were already arrested in southwest Ohio for an alleged robbery, it is in your best interest to retain legal counsel before making any kind of statement to authorities. Joslyn Law Firm aggressively defends residents of and visitors to numerous communities in and around Hamilton County, including Reading, Forest Park, Symmes, Blue Ash, Miami, Springfield, Montgomery, Colerain, and many others.

Cincinnati criminal defense lawyer Brian Joslyn can fight to possibly get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Call (513) 399-6289 or complete an online contact form to have our attorney review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free initial consultation.

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