Written by attorney Jeremy S Geigle | Apr 28, 2011

The difference between ordinary robbery and armed robbery

Ordinary robbery and armed robbery are both serious theft crimes. Someone commits ordinary robbery when they use violence or the threat of violence to take property from another person. When a weapon is used to commit the robbery, the state of Arizona then elevates an ordinary robbery charge to an armed robbery charge. Armed robberies are usually punished more severely than most theft crimes because in addition to the use of a weapon, they are also a victim’s crime. Therefore, those who commit an armed robbery generally confront their victims personally and take the property by means of aggressive force.

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