What Is the Definition of a Strong Arm Robbery?


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Strong arm robbery, also commonly known as strong armed robbery, is a violent crime in which one individual robs another by force or intimidation. Convictions can result in severe custodial sentences.

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What Is the Definition of a Strong Arm Robbery?
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The key difference between strong arm robbery and other forms of theft is that the victim must necessarily have been intimidated by the perpetrator, such as in a mugging. If an item is stolen very quickly, however, even with force, there may not have been time for intimidation to occur and the crime may not technically be called a strong arm robbery. Such might be the case of a purse snatching, for instance.

Establishing a defense on the grounds of a technicality like this will typically require a criminal defense lawyer to thoroughly review all the details of a strong arm robbery arrest.

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