It is always a felony.
It is mostly a strike. In CA, since the three strike law was passed in1994, a strke is a serious or violent Felony that is punished with Prison and you’ll only get 15% credit on the time you do. If you’re convicted for three strikes you go to prison for 25 years to life. (See my page on Punishment for more on Strikes.)
A Robbery case is usually started by an eyewitness (the ‘victim’) who calls that cops. They later have to identify the person the police think committed the crime. This poses difficulties and can be exploited by a knowledgeable Lawyer. (See my page on Eyewitness Identification for more on this).
I have successfully argued the issue of false identification in robbery cases.
The Prosecutor can even charge you with a Robbery if you didn’t use any force to get whatever they say you took. If they say you used force or threat of force to escape (like pulling away from a guard that grabs you or threatening to hit the rent-a-cop if he doesn’t let you leave the store), under a case called People v. Estes, they can charge you as if you had used force. This is commonly referred to as an Estes Robbery and is punished the same as if you’d actually used force to take the goods.
Every Robbery case is different. I’ve been successfully defending and developing strategies to successfully defend Robbery cases for over 17 years.
I know what’s at stake for you.
And I will use all my skills to make sure you beat the Robbery charges.
Call me to set up a consultation at (213) 479-5322.