Like other violent felonies found in New York’s criminal law, Robbery is an extremely serious offense that often times requires a mandatory minimum term of incarceration. There are three degrees of Robbery in New York. Whether you are being prosecuted in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, White Plains or anywhere else in New York State, the crime is the same. Those three crimes are Robbery in the Third Degree (New York Penal Law 160.05), Robbery in the Second Degree (New York Penal Law 160.10) and Robbery in the First Degree (New York Penal Law 160.15). The following page and associated links contain general descriptions of the crimes and other relevant information. In the event that you are charged with any degree of Robbery, consult with an experienced New York criminal defense attorney.

Simply put, Robbery is a forcible stealing. If you use or threaten the immediate use of physical force to take property from another person, you have perpetrated a Robbery. This threat or use of force could be as simple as a slap, a threat to punch or the use of some type of weapon. Compounding matters, if you use an instrument that normally is not a weapon, a heavy briefcase, for example, in a manner that is threatening and in a way that could hurt someone, the lower level Robbery could be “bumped up” to a more serious offense. Remember, you need not have a firearm or other obvious weapon.

The degree of the Robbery directly relates tot the potential punishment. Robbery in the Third Degree (NY PL 160.05), a “D” felony, has no mandatory minimum term of jail if convicted, but a maximum term of seven years in prison. Robbery in the Second Degree (NY PL 160.10) is a “C” felony that carries a three and one half year minimum term of prison and a maximum of fifteen years. Lastly, if you are convicted of Robbery in the First Degree, you will face up to twenty five years in jail with a minimum of five years in prison.

It is important to note that often times Robbery is not the only arrest or indictment charge. Associated crimes include varying degrees of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Assault, Grand Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.

For further information on the crime(s) of Robbery in New York, review the New York Criminal Lawyer Blog ( and search for the term “Robbery.” Contact the New York criminal defense attorneys and former Manhattan prosecutors at Crotty Saland PC for a consultation.

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