Armed Robbery is when a person uses a deadly weapon during the course of a robbery or when they pretend to use a deadly weapon. For example, if a person uses a cap gun to rob a convenience store, or any other object that the store clerk believed to be a deadly weapon, that would qualify as an armed robbery. Armed robbery in South Carolina state courts is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to 30 years in prison. Parole cannot be granted until at least 7 years have been served. Attempted armed robbery is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Strong armed robbery, also known as common law robbery, occurs when there is no deadly weapon used during the robbery. If a jury finds that the element of the use of a deadly weapon has not been proven, the defendant can be found guilty of strong armed robbery instead of armed robbery. Strong armed robbery is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and does not have a mandatory minimum sentence.
Eyewitness identifications are often an issue in armed robbery cases, and if the offense occurred in a store, there is usually video of the incident. When you have issues in your case such as faulty eyewitness identification, a coerced confession, or grainy and hard to see video footage, Lacey Thompson will help you to retain the experts that you need to build your defense.
If you have been charged with armed robbery or strong armed robbery, call our Myrtle Beach office at 843-444-6122 or contact us online.