Aggressive Representation for Robbery Defendants in Tennessee
Helping defendants in Sevierville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge
Robbery is a very serious form of theft charge. Because it involves the possibility of physical harm, it will be treated very harshly by the criminal justice system. Anyone convicted of a robbery can face years, or even a lifetime, behind bars. A robbery conviction can also include severe financial penalties along with an inability to find employment after the prison sentence is served. We build a solid, strategic defense for Tennessee clients facing robbery charges at every level of state and federal court.
Delius & McKenzie, PLLC has a strong track record of successfully handling hard criminal cases. Our office makes sure your Constitutional rights are protected. We work to create a reasonable doubt in each and every aspect of the case. An experienced Sevierville robbery attorney knows how to skillfully cross-examine the police and the witnesses for the prosecution. Our office fights for criminal defendants in and around Sevierville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge, and throughout East Tennessee.
Types of robbery in Tennessee
In Tennessee, robbery is considered a violent crime which generally accompanies an act of theft. Robbery is taking something from another person or entity without the consent of the owner with use or threat of force or violence. Tennessee law has three definitions of robbery:
- Simple robbery. Examples of simple robbery include shoplifting, stealing a vehicle, or anything that includes taking and force. Jail time for one robbery conviction can range from three to fifteen years.
- Aggravated robbery. This type of robbery requires the use of a deadly weapon, such as a gun. A robbery that causes serious injury without the use of a real or perceived deadly weapon is also aggravated robbery. Prison time can range from eight to thirty years in jail.
- Especially aggravated robbery. A robbery that causes a victim to suffer serious injury and that uses a weapon fits into this category. The key difference between this type of robbery and aggravated robbery is that both serious injury and the use of a deadly weapon must be involved. Sentences can be fifteen years or as high as sixty years.
Robbery can occur in a home, on the street, in the park, in a car, at a place of business, or in any location.
Possible defenses to robbery
We begin to develop our case by explaining your rights and reviewing what happened with you. Your rights do include the right to lawyer/client confidentiality. Sevierville robbery defense lawyers also advise you not to give any statements to the police or private investigators until you review the case with us. We recommend that our office be retained, and that we are present before any statements are considered.
The main defense goals of our Sevierville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge law office are to seek:
- Dismissal of the charges. This means all the charges against you are dropped. We try to get the charges dropped prior to any trial through appropriate negotiation with the prosecution and through motions with the judge assigned to your case. When the prosecution or judge does not dismiss the charges, we have the skill and experience to seek a dismissal by a trial before a jury.
- Reduction in the robbery charge. This means reducing an aggravated or especially aggravated robbery to a simple robbery or an especially aggravated robbery to an aggravated robbery. It can also mean getting the charges reduced to a regular theft charge.
- Reduction in the amount of the offense. We may try to reduce the charge by showing that the value of the items stolen was less than the charges indicate.
Other defense strategies may include arguing that the statute of limitations applies or that your Constitutional rights were violated. Often, we work to show that the witnesses cannot prove the offense really happened or that it happened in a less serious way than the charges assert.
Defend yourself against robbery charges with aggressive representation from our Tennessee lawyers
The Law Office of Bryan E. Delius offers aggressive representation to clients charged with robbery in Sevierville, Gatlinburg, or Pigeon Forge. We fight hard to have your charges dropped or reduced when dropping them is not possible. To make an appointment with an experienced Sevierville robbery defense lawyer, please call 865-428-8780 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. Our team offers in-custody visits.