Robbery First Degree is what is typically called “armed robbery”, which carries extremely severe penalties, including the possibility of Life in Prison. There are lesser degrees of Robbery, and even Theft offenses, that may better fit some particular cases. Your Criminal Defense lawyer can discuss and explain how to best defend a charge of Robbery.
Robbery in the first degree.
(a) A person commits the crime of robbery in the first degree if he violates Section 13A-8-43 and he:
(1) Is armed with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument; or
(2) Causes serious physical injury to another.
(b) Possession then and there of an article used or fashioned in a manner to lead any person who is present reasonably to believe it to be a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, or any verbal or other representation by the defendant that he is then and there so armed, is prima facie evidence under subsection (a) of this section that he was so armed.
(c) Robbery in the first degree is a Class A felony.
(Acts 1977, No. 607, p. 812, §3305.)