Defending Your Rights and Your Freedom

Robbery crimes in Louisiana involve an alleged offender taking another person’s property through force or intimidation. A robbery conviction can have devastating long-term consequences for a Louisiana resident. For example, a person who is hoping to work in the oil and gas, shipping, or chemical industries will be unable to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC card) if they have a robbery conviction.

Do not let a robbery charge jeopardize your future. An arrest doesn’t mean that you’ll be convicted. Seek experienced legal representation as soon as possible.

The Norris Law Group will take the time needed to investigate your case and present a strong defense on your behalf. Contact our office to obtain a complete and thorough evaluation of your case. Call (318) 771-7000 immediately to schedule a confidential consultation.

Louisiana Robbery Laws

Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:65 defines simple robbery as the taking of anything of value from the person, or within the immediate control,  of another by use of force or intimidation when the alleged offender is not armed with a dangerous weapon.

Under Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:65.1, a person commits the crime of purse snatching when they take anything of value contained in a purse or wallet at the time of a theft, from the person of another, or within their immediate control, by use of force, intimidation, or snatching, without being armed with a dangerous weapon.

First-degree robbery is defined under Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:64.1 as the taking of anything of value from the person, or within the immediate control, of another by use of force or intimidation when the alleged offender causes the alleged victim to reasonably believe they are armed with a dangerous weapon.

Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:64.4 establishes that second degree robbery is the same offense but involves the alleged offender intentionally inflicting serious bodily injury, which is defined as meaning a bodily injury involving “unconsciousness, extreme physical pain or protracted and obvious disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty, or a substantial risk of death.”

Under Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:64, a person commits armed robbery when they allegedly take anything of value from the person of another, or within their immediate control, by use of force or intimidation, while armed with a dangerous weapon.

Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:64.3 establishes enhanced penalties for an armed robbery in which the dangerous weapon is a firearm.

Carjacking is also a robbery offense which Louisiana Revised Statute § 64.2 defines as the intentional taking of a motor vehicle belonging to a person, in the presence of any person in lawful possession of the motor vehicle, by the use of force or intimidation.

Penalties for a Robbery Conviction

A simple robbery conviction is punishable by a fine of up to $3,000 and/or imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to seven years. Purse snatching convictions are punishable by imprisonment with or without hard labor for a minimum of two years up to 20 years.

First-degree robbery convictions are punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for a minimum of three years up to 40 years without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of imposition or execution of sentence. A second-degree robbery conviction is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for a minimum of three years up to 40 years.

A person could be sentenced to imprisonment at hard labor for a minimum of two years up to 20 years without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence if convicted of carjacking.

When a person is convicted of armed robbery, they could be sentenced to imprisonment at hard labor for a minimum of 10 years and up to 99 years without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Under Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:64.3, an armed robbery involving the use of a firearm will result in imprisonment at hard labor for an additional period of five years without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence and must be served consecutively to the sentence imposed under the provisions of Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:27 and Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:64.

Any kind of robbery conviction could have dramatic consequences on your life, including the inability to find and maintain gainful employment. You could also lose your right to vote and the ability to obtain certain kinds of governmental assistance, such as housing and education.

Defending Against Charges

There are many ways to defend against robbery charges. In some cases, it is possible that an alleged offender is innocent and was mistakenly identified as the perpetrator by law enforcement.

Your criminal defense lawyer could prove that you were not present at the time of an alleged offense. In other cases, law enforcement officers may have relied on unreliable eyewitness testimony or even lineups to determine alleged offenders without any real proof that the person committed the crime.

Other cases could be more complex, especially if there is a dispute about ownership of the property in question. An attorney can help you exercise your legal rights and prove your ownership claims.

No matter the facts behind your criminal charges for an alleged robbery in the Shreveport-Bossier City area, you do not want to fight these charges alone. Remember that you do not have to give any statements to law enforcement until you have discussed your arrest with an attorney. Politely refuse to speak with investigators, and instead, call Ebonee Norris at (318) 771-7000. She will sit down with you during a 100% confidential consultation and listen to the facts of your case.

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