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Robbery, Armed Robbery and Carjacking in Maryland

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This blog entry will provide an overview of important considerations for three theft crimes in Maryland – robbery, armed robbery and carjacking. In order to gain a full appreciation of these theft crimes in Maryland, the following sections will outline legal definitions and penalties.

What is the Definition of Robbery in Maryland?

As provided in Code of Maryland 3-401, robbery is a theft crime in Maryland that involves the use of force or threats of force. Generally speaking, robbery occurs when the perpetrator takes property from the owner and:

  • Intends to keep the property permanently;
  • Appropriates some portion of the property’s value;
  • Blackmails the owner into paying for return of the property; or
  • Sells or disposes of the property such that return to the owner is unlikely.

Maryland also includes a definition of robbery that does not concern property. If a perpetrator uses force or threats to compel another person to render a service – such as provide computer access or lodging – it qualifies as robbery under state law.

What are the Penalties for Robbery in Maryland?

As underlined in Code of Maryland 3-402, it is illegal to commit robbery. A person who commits robbery in Maryland is guilty of a felony and can face up to 15 years in prison.

What is the Definition of Armed Robbery in Maryland?

As established in Code of Maryland 3-403, armed robbery is an elevated version of this theft crime. The standard version of robbery becomes armed robbery when the perpetrator:

  • Used or brandished a dangerous weapon during the offense; or
  • Pretended to have a dangerous weapon during the offense.

What are the Penalties for Armed Robbery in Maryland?

As highlighted in Code of Maryland 3-403, it is illegal to commit armed robbery. A person who commits armed robbery in Maryland is guilty of a felony and can face up to 20 years in prison.

What is the Definition of Carjacking in Maryland?

As described in Code of Maryland 3-405, there are special rules in place for the theft of a motor vehicle. Under the law, it is illegal to steal another person’s motor vehicle. The perpetrator must use force or violence – or the threat of force or violence – while stealing another person’s vehicle for carjacking to apply.

What are the Penalties for Carjacking in Maryland?

As highlighted in Code of Maryland 3-405, it is illegal to commit carjacking. A person who commits carjacking in Maryland is guilty of a felony and can face up to 30 years in prison.

Contact Us Today for Assistance

If you were charged with robbery, armed robbery or other criminal offenses, it can be highly beneficial to seek out an experienced criminal defense attorney. The attorneys at Iamele & Iamele, LLP in Baltimore, Maryland, have demonstrated experience dealing with robbery, armed robbery and other criminal charges. If you have legal questions concerning criminal defense, contact us today for a free initial consultation.

Resource:

mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmStatutesText.aspx?article=gcr&section=3-401&ext=html&session=2017RS&tab=subject5

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