Aggravated Robbery: What Is It and What Are the Penalties in Colorado?

If you’ve been charged with aggravated robbery in Colorado, you need a team of expert defense lawyers on your team. Luckily, COLaw Team can help.

Aggravated Robbery: What Is It?

Many of our clients ask: what does aggravated robbery mean in Colorado? Essentially, it’s any robbery that takes place with the use of a weapon. A weapon used by the robber or the accomplice elevates the punishment related to this crime.

A robbery involves the act of knowingly taking something of value from another person or in another person’s presence, or taking something by the use of force, threats or intimidation.

The situation turns into aggravated robbery when, during the crime or while fleeing from it, you are armed with a deadly weapon and have the intent to kill, maim, or wound the person that was robbed if met with resistance. Aggravated robbery is also qualified by knowingly wounding or striking the person robbed or any other person with a deadly weapon, or using force, threats or intimidation with a deadly weapon that will instill fear of death or bodily injury on the person robbed.

If you receive help during a robbery from someone who is armed with a deadly weapon and it meets the above criteria, or if you possess something that someone could reasonably believe could act as a deadly weapon, your robbery qualifies as aggravated robbery.

Associated Penalties

In Colorado, robbery is a class 4 felony. A robbery sentence in Colorado could be up to six years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000.

If the victim of the robbery was an elderly person or someone who is disabled, the penalty may increase to 12 years in prison.

Aggravated robbery in Colorado is a class 3 felony, which means it is a crime that is associated with a high degree of risk and is more serious than a class 4 felony. An aggravated robbery sentence in Colorado includes up to 32 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000.

Aggravated Robbery Defense

If you’ve been accused of an aggravated robbery in Colorado, you are entitled to a competent defense. You’re facing dire penalties, so you need someone on your side who has experience with the law. Get in touch with us today to secure the defense you need.