Robbery is different from theft crimes such as burglary or larceny because the offense involves an alleged offender using or threatening to use physical force on an alleged victim to steal property. Regardless of the value of the property involved or whether the alleged victim suffers any injury, robbery is a felony offense in New York.
A conviction for robbery can result in a minimum prison sentence as well a steep fine. Furthermore, a person convicted of robbery will be unable to have his or her record of that offense sealed, often leading to enormous difficulties when it comes to obtaining employment or housing.
Lawyer for Robbery Defense in Nassau County, NY
If you believe that you may be under investigation or you were arrested for an alleged robbery in New York, it will be in your best interest to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. Law Office of Stephanie Selloni can investigate the circumstances of your case and fight to possibly get the criminal charges reduced or dismissed.
Stephanie Selloni is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Nassau County who defends clients charged with all kinds of violent crimes in Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Long Beach, Massapequa Park, Lynbrook, and surrounding areas on Long Island. She can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (516) 972-1212 to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation.
New York Robbery Crimes Information Center
- What constitutes third-degree robbery on Long Island?
- When does an offense become robbery in the second degree?
- How can a person be charged with first-degree robbery in New York?
- Where can I learn more about robbery crimes in Nassau County?
Robbery in the Third Degree on Long Island
New York Penal Law § 160.00 defines robbery as forcible stealing. An alleged offender commits robbery when, in the course of committing a larceny, he or she uses or threatens the immediate use of physical force upon another person for the purpose of:
- Preventing or overcoming resistance to the taking of the property or to the retention thereof immediately after the taking; or
- Compelling the owner of such property or another person to deliver up the property or to engage in other conduct which aids in the commission of the larceny.
Under New York Penal Law § 160.05, a person commits third-degree robbery when he or she forcibly steals property. Robbery in the third degree is a class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
Robbery in the Second Degree in New York
Under New York Penal Law § 160.10, a person commits second-degree robbery when he or she forcibly steals property and when:
- He or she is aided by another person actually present;
- In the course of the commission of the crime or of immediate flight therefrom, he or she or another participant in the crime either causes physical injury to any person who is not a participant in the crime or displays what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, or other firearm; or
- The property consists of a motor vehicle.
For the purposes of this statute, a motor vehicle is defined in New York Vehicle and Traffic Law § 125 as every vehicle operated or driven upon a public highway which is propelled by any power other than muscular power. Robbery in the second degree is a class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000.
Robbery in the First Degree in Nassau County
Under New York Penal Law § 160.15, a person commits first-degree robbery when he or she forcibly steals property and when, in the course of the commission of the crime or of immediate flight therefrom, he or she or another participant in the crime:
- Causes serious physical injury to any person who is not a participant in the crime;
- Is armed with a deadly weapon;
- Uses or threatens the immediate use of a dangerous instrument; or
- Displays what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, or other firearm.
It is an affirmative defense that any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, or other firearm involved in an alleged offense was not a loaded weapon from which a shot, readily capable of producing death or other serious physical injury, could be discharged.
A serious physical injury is defined under subdivision 10 of New York Penal Law § 10.00 as a “physical injury which creates a substantial risk of death, or which causes death or serious and protracted disfigurement, protracted impairment of health or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ.”
Robbery in the first degree is a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $30,000.
New York Robbery Arrest Resources
Robbery Squad | Nassau County Police Department — The Robbery Squad investigates robbery cases in Nassau County. On this website, you can learn more about a few of the officers that are members of this squad. You can also find information about some of the other divisions of the police department that may be involved in robbery cases.
Nassau County Police Department
1490 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, NY 11501
Nassau County | Division of Criminal Justice Services — View five years of index crime data for violent crimes and property crimes in Nassau County. The table includes data for the years between 2010 and 2014. Robberies account for nearly half of the total violent crimes in Nassau County.
Law Office of Stephanie Selloni | Nassau County Robbery Lawyer
Were you arrested or do you think that you could possibly be under investigation in the state of New York for an alleged robbery? Do not say anything to authorities until you have first contacted Law Office of Stephanie Selloni.
Nassau County criminal defense attorney Stephanie Selloni helps clients in North Hempstead, Glen Cove, Garden City, Mineola, Freeport, and other nearby communities on Long Island. Call (516) 972-1212 or complete an online contact form today to schedule a free consultation that will let our lawyer review your case and help you understand your legal options.