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Robbery & Aggravated Robbery Defense Lawyer in Cincinnati

If you or a loved one was arrested for a theft crime, you deserve to know your legal rights and what type of defense might be effective for your case. A robbery and aggravated robbery defense lawyer in Cincinnati can help you navigate the criminal justice system toward the best possible outcome.

Being arrested for a felony charge such as robbery or aggravated robbery is among the most stressful and life-changing events that a person can face. You deserve to have a strong legal advocate by your side.

Joslyn Law Firm has been recognized by our peers and the public for their commitment to excellence in criminal defense. Some of these awards include:

  • “Top Lawyer” by Columbus CEO Magazines
  • “Ten Best Criminal Defense Firms in Ohio” by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • “AV Preeminent Award” to Brian Joslyn by the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers
  • “Rising Star” to Brian Joslyn by Super Lawyers

Even more than these awards, the biggest reward comes from helping our clients. We understand the stress, frustration, and anger that comes with an arrest and criminal charges.

Our lawyers will fight for your life and liberty as passionately as we would for ourselves or our family. You are innocent unless proven guilty, and a criminal defense attorney with our firm will vigorously protect this precious legal right.

Joslyn Law Firm has handled over 20,000 criminal cases and has helped many clients avoid the harshest penalties with our customized defense strategies. Let us help you.

Why Clients Choose Joslyn Law Firm

People make mistakes or are the victim of unfortunate circumstances. A robbery and aggravated robbery defense lawyer can put your case in the best possible light and seek to have your charges reduced to a lesser offense or dismissed.

A criminal conviction for robbery or aggravated robbery can lead to serious consequences, including huge fines, lengthy prison sentences, and a potentially permanent criminal record. Our criminal defense legal team has trial lawyers who understand the system and can use this knowledge to your best advantage.

Robbery and aggravated robbery are considered theft crimes by Ohio state law. If you are arrested on either of these charges, you may serve a long prison sentence, pay steep fines, and forfeit certain rights, including the right to own a firearm, run for public office, or even vote in the next election.

We encourage you to reach out to our firm to work with our hard-working lawyer and legal team. If we handle your case, you can rest knowing that we are working diligently to build your defense. Working with Joslyn Law Firm offers these and other benefits:

  • Your case is assigned to a criminal defense attorney, not an associate.
  • Careful evaluation of the circumstances of your case to look for irregularities or even illegalities that could lead to your charges being reduced or dismissed.
  • Compassionate legal services that respect your situation.
  • Regular updates on your case.

Facing a robbery or aggravated robbery conviction could mean spending the next decade in prison away from your loved ones. That is why it is important to select a criminal defense lawyer who understands these life-changing consequences firsthand.

When working with our team here at Joslyn Law Firm, we can help put your mind at ease because:

  • We focus on criminal cases only
  • We have a team of dedicated lawyers, paralegals, and investigators to build the most effective defense customized for your case
  • We are available to our clients by phone, text, email, or in-person
  • We provide a comforting, nonjudgmental environment so that you may speak freely and confidentially with your attorney

A robbery and aggravated robbery defense lawyer in Cincinnati will protect your rights and fight for your freedom and liberty. Call today for a free consultation at (513) 399-6289

Robbery and Aggravated Robbery Information Center

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Definitions of Robbery and Aggravated Robbery in Ohio

Under Ohio Revised Code § 2911.02, robbery is defined as a theft crime in which an individual:

  • Has a deadly weapon on their person or in their control
  • Threatens physical harm
  • Attempts to inflict physical harm
  • Causes physical harm
  • Threatens or uses immediate force

Aggravated robbery is defined by Ohio Revised Code § 2911.01 as a theft crime in which an individual:

  • Brandishes, displays, shows possession of, or uses a deadly weapon on their person or under their control
  • Has a dangerous ordnance (firearm, explosive, incendiary device, etc.) on their person or under their control
  • Inflicts or attempts to inflict serious physical harm
  • Removes or attempts to remove a law enforcement officer’s firearm when the officer is performing their duty or if the offender knows that the law enforcement officer is a law enforcement officer

These theft crimes are among the most serious as defined by state statutes. That is why it is helpful to hire a criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with these crimes to help you or a loved one who may be facing conviction.

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Penalties for Robbery and Aggravated Robbery in Cincinnati

The penalty for robbery can be a second-degree felony sentence or a third-degree felony sentence as follows:

  • Robbery is a second-degree felony if the offender has a weapon on their person and inflicts harm (or attempts to inflict harm).
  • Robbery is a third-degree felony if the offender does not have a weapon nor attempts to harm or harms another person.
  • Maximum penalties for a second-degree felony are up to eight years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.
  • Maximum penalties for a third-degree felony are imprisonment up to five years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony with the following maximum penalties:

  • Up to 11 years in prison
  • Maximum fines of $20,000

In addition, individuals who are convicted of a first-, second-, or third-degree felony will be labeled as an ex-offender unless expurgation is an option.

Factors Which May Influence Penalties

An attorney will look for favorable conditions that may affect your case to negotiate a lesser charge (such as burglary or criminal mischief) with lighter sentencing guidelines.

Factors that may affect penalties for robbery and aggravated robbery include:

  • Lack of prior convictions
  • Lack of evidence
  • Police brutality
  • Errors in the arrest process
  • Errors in search and seizure, which can make evidence inadmissible
  • Offering information on more serious crimes in exchange for a reduced charge

Each case is unique. However, it can help to retain a robbery and aggravated robbery defense lawyer who can guide you through this ordeal.

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Evidence in Cincinnati Robbery and Aggravated Robbery Cases

Evidence plays an important role in your defense. The prosecution can produce evidence to support their case, including:

  • Security and surveillance videos
  • DNA (fingerprints, footprints, hair, blood) and other forensic evidence
  • Eyewitnesses
  • Weapons
  • Possession of stolen items involved in the crime
  • Electronic and digital evidence such as texts, voicemail, and email

Your attorney will be notified about the prosecution’s evidence in the discovery phase. They will look for ways to discredit, counter, or downplay this evidence. A criminal defense attorney with the Joslyn Law Firm will also look for evidence to support your alibi.

How Evidence Can Be Discredited or Thrown Out

All evidence used in a criminal proceeding must be obtained legally through proper search and seizure and other legal methods, outlined here in the Ohio Supreme Court’s Rules of Evidence. If a police officer breaks into your home or business without a search warrant, any collected evidence should be thrown out as it was improperly obtained.

Additionally, our criminal defense lawyers can:

  • Supply experts to question forensic evidence
  • Identify less credible witnesses who may have been coached or who are compromised in some manner
  • Produce testimony and documentation that establishes or supports your alibi that directly counters the prosecution’s assertions
  • Cross-examine law enforcement and state witnesses for weaknesses or false statements

There are many strategies that a robbery and aggravated robbery lawyer in Cincinnati may employ on your behalf. You deserve a strong defense from a legal advocate who will vigorously protect your rights.

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Defenses to Robbery and Aggravated Robbery Charges in Cincinnati

It is important to remember that successful defenses to robbery and aggravated robbery charges cast reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s arguments.

There are many ways that a robbery and aggravated robbery defense attorney can create reasonable doubt, including:

  • Mistaken identity by eyewitnesses
  • Lack of evidence of the stolen property
  • Illegal search and seizure
  • Illegal arrest
  • Failure of law enforcement to administer Miranda rights during the arrest, outlined here by the S. Courts’ Miranda Warning infographic.
  • Mistake, error, or confusion regarding the ownership of the stolen property
  • Lack of intent to permanently deprive the victim of the property

A lawyer with the Joslyn Law Firm can seek to have evidence suppressed, which could result in a verdict of not guilty, mistrial, or all charges dismissed.

Affirmative Defenses for Robbery and Aggravated Robbery

An affirmative defense means that an individual admits to committing the crime but involuntarily or with extenuating circumstances, including:

  • Entrapment
  • Threat of physical injury to you or a loved one (also called duress)
  • Involuntary intoxication

A robbery defense lawyer can attempt to get the best possible outcome for you or a loved one.

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Ohio Robbery and Aggravated Robbery Resources

The following are links to resources that you may find useful if you or someone you love is charged with robbery or aggravated robbery in Ohio:

Our legal team is a valuable source of accurate information and can help you understand your situation and the ways in which we can assist in your defense.

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Cincinnati Robbery and Aggravated Robbery News

Recent news articles about robbery and aggravated robbery cases in Cincinnati:

2 Wanted in Violent Bank Robbery on Cincinnati’s West Side, Police Say

Authorities have not apprehended two suspects for a violent bank robbery, according to WLWT Channel 5. The suspects are described as a man and woman, both of whom were wearing disguises, including a wig and fake beard.

Police Looking for Hyde Park Bank Robbery Suspect

Police are asking for help from the public to identify a Hyde Park bank robber, according to FOX19 News. The suspect is described as a 30-year-old man wearing a mask and dark clothing.

Norwood Police: Man Arrested in Connection to Home Robbery, Shooting

Police arrested Nathan Helton on Jan. 6, 2021 and charged him with aggravated robbery. Helton is suspected of shooting while robbing a Norwood home in October 2020.

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FAQs for Robbery and Aggravated Robbery in Cincinnati

Below are some common questions those charged with robbery or aggravated robbery have.

Q. Can a prison sentence be shortened for time served while awaiting bail or trial?

  • Yes, a judge may give credit for time served in jail for an individual who is on trial or who was either denied or unable to post bail. In some cases, credit for time served may significantly reduce or nullify any remaining prison time.

Q. Can robbery charges be reduced to misdemeanor charges?

  • A criminal defense lawyer may be able to plea bargain from felony charges to lesser charges such as larceny or criminal mischief.

Q. Will I have to go to prison for robbery?

  • There are many factors that affect sentencing for robbery, including prior charges or convictions, lack of evidence, age, the health of the defendant, and more. You might have to go to prison for a robbery.

Q. Is drug addiction a viable defense for robbery?

  • Depending on the circumstances of your case—such as whether a weapon was used or if anyone was physically harmed—it may be possible to have penalties or charges reduced in exchange for attending a drug treatment or rehabilitation program. You can find mental health and addiction services on the Ohio government page.

Q. What if the jury cannot reach a verdict?

  • If a jury cannot reach a unanimous decision (in other words, all jurors must agree) to either a guilty or not guilty verdict, the judge will declare a mistrial. The prosecution must then decide in a timely manner if they want to go through the cost and time to retry the case.

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Hire a Robbery and Aggravated Defense Lawyer in Cincinnati Today

Everyone deserves a strong defense. We are proud to have successfully resolved thousands of criminal cases through plea bargains, dismissed charges, reduced charges, and courtroom verdicts.

Each case is different, and while past results do not guarantee future outcomes, you have our word that we leave no stone unturned in pursuit of your freedom and your future.

If you or a loved one have been arrested for theft, you deserve to understand your legal rights and opportunities to defend yourself. Please do not say anything to the police without an attorney beside you. You could inadvertently say or do something that may be used against you by the prosecution.

The best time to call the office of a robbery and aggravated defense lawyer in Cincinnati is right now. Joslyn Law Firm has friendly team members available to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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