While theft is simply taking another person's property without their permission, robbery is a theft while the victim is present and is threatened with force. The force could be implied or actual – by grabbing the item away from the victim or by use of a weapon - to accomplish that theft.
Robbery is considered a Class 2 felony in Illinois, meaning that if you are convicted, you will most likely serve 3 to 7 years in prison. Under certain extenuating circumstances, that sentence could be increased to 7 to 14 years.
When a robbery occurs against a person who is over the age of 60 or is physically handicapped, or occurs in a school or place of worship, charges will be escalated to a Class 1 felony and is Aggravated Robbery. A Class 1 felony sentence is between 4-15 years in prison. A Class 1 felony may be enhanced to 30 to 60 years under certain circumstances.
With both robbery and aggravated robbery, probation is a possibility, unless prohibited by certain factors, such as having a Class 2 or Class 1 felony on your record within the last 10 years.
Due to the severity of these cases, your case should not be handled by anyone other than a highly experienced attorney.
Contact Lamp Law LLC to find out more about charges specific to your situation.