Robbery

Definition of the offense

A person is guilty of this crime if, in the course of committing a theft he does any of the following:

1. inflicts serious bodily injury upon another
2. threatens another with or intentionally puts him in fear of immediate serious bodily injury
3. commits or threatens to immediately commit any felony of the first or second degree
4. inflicts bodily injury upon another or threatens another with or intentionally puts him in fear of immediate bodily injury
5. physically takes or removes property from another person by using any amount of force
6. takes or removes the money of a financial institution without the permission of the financial institution by demanding either orally or in writing that an employee of that financial institution give him money

An act is considered to have been done "in the course of committing a theft" if it occurs in an attempt to commit the theft or in flight after the attempt or commission.

Grading

A robbery as defined under sections 4 or 6 is a felony of the second degree and punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years of incarceration and a $25,000 fine. A robbery as defined under section 5 is a felony of the third degree and punishable by a maximum sentence of 7 years of incarceration and a $15,000 fine. Except that, if the object of a robbery as defined under any section is a controlled substance, then the robbery is a felony of the first degree and is punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years of incarceration and $25,000 fine. A robbery committed under sections 1, 2 or 3 is a felony of the first degree and is punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years of incarceration and a $25,000 fine.

Robbery of a motor vehicle

This crime is committed when a person steals or takes a motor vehicle from another person in the presence of that person or any other person who has lawful possession of that vehicle. Robbery of a motor vehicle is graded as a felony of the first degree and is punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years of incarceration and a $25,000 fine.

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