If you, or someone you know, is facing a Washington state robbery charges, the government must prove the elements of that offense beyond a reasonable doubt. These elements are laid out under the Washington State criminal statutes.
Washington state robbery charges are broad and serious - they are all felonies. If you have any questions about the elements of the Washington State robbery charges, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation.
Revised Code of Washington statutes
Below is the Revised Code of Washington statutes (what the Washington state government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt to convict you of this crime):
9A.56.190 Robbery — Definition
A person commits robbery when he unlawfully takes personal property from the person of another or in his presence against his will by the use or threatened use of immediate force, violence, or fear of injury to that person or his property or the person or property of anyone.
Such force or fear must be used to obtain or retain possession of the property, or to prevent or overcome resistance to the taking; in either of which cases the degree of force is immaterial.
Such taking constitutes robbery whenever it appears that, although the taking was fully completed without the knowledge of the person from whom taken, such knowledge was prevented by the use of force or fear.
9A.56.200 Robbery in the First Degree
(1) A person is guilty of robbery in the first degree if:
(a) In the commission of a robbery or of immediate flight therefrom, he or she:
(i) Is armed with a deadly weapon; or
(ii) Displays what appears to be a firearm or other deadly weapon; or
(iii) Inflicts bodily injury; or
(b) He or she commits a robbery within and against a financial institution as defined in RCW 7.88.010 or 35.38.060.
(2) Robbery in the first degree is a class A felony.
9A.56.210 Robbery in the Second Degree
(1) A person is guilty of robbery in the second degree if he commits robbery.(2) Robbery in the second degree is a class B felony.