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Phoenix Armed Robbery Defense Attorney
Accused of Armed Robbery?
Experienced Criminal Defense in Arizona for Armed Robbery Charges
If you are accused of robbing a person or business at gunpoint, it may be necessary to go to trial to avoid a lengthy prison sentence. You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will explore every opportunity to get charges dismissed while preparing to make your case before a judge or jury.
Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C.. has represented clients in the Phoenix area, Maricopa County and statewide in Arizona on armed robbery, aggravated robbery and other charges of violent theft. If you are facing armed robbery charges, it is important that you don't make any statements to police without first consulting an attorney. Contact us immediately to protect your rights and assess your case.
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Robbery is defined as taking the property of another through use of force or threat of force. It is charged as armed robbery under Arizona law if a person:
- Was armed with a deadly weapon (loaded handgun) or a simulated deadly weapon (such as a pellet gun or other fake gun)
- Used or threatened to use a deadly weapon (like a gun), dangerous instrument (like a knife or a baseball bat) or simulated deadly weapon
The law still considers it as armed robbery even if the gun was not loaded, or if the gun was never drawn or pointed. Even a finger or non-lethal object pointed through a pocket can be charged as armed robbery if the person being robbed reasonably assumed the object was a weapon. Armed robbery is a class 2 felony, carrying a mandatory prison sentence of at least 7 years and up to 21 years if convicted.
Challenging the Prosecution's Case
Experienced defense attorney Richard Suzuki will make every attempt to get your case dismissed by challenging the evidence in pre-trial proceedings. If we can't get charges dropped, we at least try to negotiate down to simple robbery (a class 4 felony). If your case continues, we explore all possible defenses:
- False identification — Police line-ups are notoriously flawed. In one case, the robber was identified as "Mexican," and the six-person line-up included five whites and one Latino. Asking victims to point out the suspect from a group of photos also leads to misidentification. Mr. Suzuki will request a Dessureault hearing on a motion to suppress in-court or out-of-court identification as unduly suggestive and therefore inadmissible at trial.
- Constitutional issues — We examine whether your Miranda rights were given and honored by law enforcement. Were you prevented from calling an attorney? Were you harassed into giving up your right to remain silent? Were you coerced into an involuntary confession? If police recovered a gun allegedly used in the robbery, how was it obtained?
Mr. Suzuki brings years of experience in criminal defense, and important insights into police procedures and prosecution tactics as a former Deputy Maricopa County Attorney and Assistant U. S. Attorney himself.
We Know What's at Stake
If you are facing an armed robbery charge, call our Phoenix, Arizona, law firm at 602-635-1369 or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation. Mr. Suzuki is bilingual and represents both English-speaking or Spanish-speaking clients.Click Here for a Free Case Evaluation