The “use of force” is a distinguishing factor and sets robbery apart from other theft-related charges.
Because robbery is considered a felony, a guilty conviction can have significant immediate and long-term effects. If found guilty of robbery, you may face up to $25,000 in fines and potentially a lengthy period of incarceration depending on the grading or degree of robbery. In addition, a conviction will also result in the loss of several other rights, which include the following:
- Loss of voting rights
- Inability to own or possess a firearm
- Loss of/ineligible for government benefits
- Ineligible for public office
- No longer permitted to serve on a jury
In addition, a robbery conviction and subsequent felony record can make it difficult to secure gainful employment after being released from incarceration.