Georgia Law on Robbery 101

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What is the Definition of Robbery and Examples?

The Georgia law defines robbery in O.C.G.A. § 16-8-40 that a person commits the criminal offense of robbery when a person has intent to commit theft and takes the property of another person either from them or in front of another person:

1) Robbery by Use of Force

Robbery by use of force is committed when a person uses force to take the property of another person or in front of another person. An example of this would be a person grabbing a victim’s property and the victim resisting as a result of trying to retain the property.

2) Robbery by Intimidation

Robbery by intimidation includes threat or coercion or putting the person in fear of bodily injury to themselves or another. Robbery by intimidation is when a person takes the property of a person or in front of another by using threats or coercion. Threats can take place with words or even non-verbal gestures. An example would be a person going up to a student with a laptop and saying they will hurt them if they don’t give them their laptop. 

3) Robbery by Sudden Snatching

Robbery by sudden snatching happens when a person suddenly snatches a person’s property. An example of this would be a person snatching a person’s property with no struggle involved.

What are the Penalties of Robbery in Georgia?

Since robbery is a serious criminal offense it’s classified as a felony. If you are convicted of robbery you could face up to 1-20 years of imprisonment. If the victim is 65 years or older imprisonment goes up to 5-20 years.

What is the Definition and Examples of Armed Robbery in Georgia?

According to O.C.G.A. § 16-8-41 armed robbery is committed when a person has intent to commit theft and takes property from a person or in front of another by use of a weapon. Weapon includes anything that is also considered a replica, article or device that appears as a weapon. An example of this would be a person using a toy gun that appears as a real gun to commit the offense of armed robbery of a bank.

Armed robbery in the taking of controlled substance from pharmacy is when a person unlawfully takes a controlled substance from a pharmacy or a wholesale druggist and intentionally inflicts bodily injury. The penalties for armed robbery of a pharmacy for controlled substances is up to 15 years of imprisonment. A controlled substance is defined as any drug in that is Schedule 1(I) through 4(V).

What are the Penalties of Armed Robbery in Georgia?

  

The penalty of armed robbery is imprisonment of up to 10-20 years or a life sentence. In rare instances the death penalty. Separate convictions may also be added for use and possession of a firearm during an armed robbery under OCGA 16-11-106.


If you or someone you know is accused of robbery it is important to have a criminal defense lawyer to help defend your rights and freedom. Michael Greene has 26 years of experience defending clients accused of crimes in Georgia including robbery. For a free consultation call (404) 636-3445.