property’s owner by using (or threatening to use) a dangerous weapon, a device or container or anything that could lead the victim to believe that it’s a dangerous weapon or device.
That means if you use a weapon or something that could be used as a weapon, or if you trick someone into thinking that you have a weapon, and you take away property with the intent to steal it, you could be charged with armed robbery.
Armed robbery is a Class C felony. That means the armed robbery sentence, if you’re convicted, is up to 40 years of imprisonment. You could spend up to 25 years behind bars and up to 15 years on extended supervision. The judge can also order you to pay fines totaling up to $100,000.
What Does the Prosecutor Have to Prove to Get a Conviction?
The jury in your case – or the judge, if you’re not having a jury trial – can convict you of armed robbery if they believe:
- You took and carried away someone else’s property
- You took the property with the intent to steal it
- You acted forcibly (by using force to overcome the victim or to prevent the victim from stopping you)
- You used or threatened to use a dangerous weapon
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About the Armed Robbery Sentence, or About Criminal Charges, in Wisconsin?
If you’re accused of armed robbery, we may be able to help you. Call us right away at 414-383-6700 for a free consultation with an experienced attorney. We’ll answer your questions and start building a defense that gets you the best possible outcome.