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Overview of Federal Laws About Robbery

Robbery is a crime where an object of value belonging to someone is taken either by threatening the owner, or by using force. Robbery is theft or stealing that is accompanied by force or the threat of force. There is a distinction between theft and robbery. Theft generally involves surreptitiously stealing something of value. Robbery is a violent crime, which may include assault on the victim. There are forms of robbery like aggravated robbery, where a deadly weapon is used.

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Federal Laws Related to Robbery

Robbery is done in cities and towns under the state jurisdiction and hence the offender is prosecuted under the state laws applicable. There are situations where robbery is a federal offense, when it is done on federal lands and when it involves certain specific federal issues. The US Code Chapter 103 deals with Robbery and Burglary. The scope of this law includes the special maritime and territory of the United States of America.

The federal law defines robbery as taking away or attempting to take away something of value from another person by using:

  • Force
  • Violence
  • Intimidation

As can be seen from the definition robbery is theft of something of value, which could include money, an object, or anything of value to its owners. The use of force, as in snatching the object away from its owner is one of the characteristics of robbery. Intimidation is the use of threats. The robber can threaten a victim by words or action or by using a weapon to scare the victim to hand over the object of value. Violence is where the act of robbery is accompanied by assault, which may cause injuries to the victim.

As per the law, attempt to robbery, as well as robbery is an offense, which would lead to imprisonment for a duration not exceeding fifteen years in federal prison. This shall even apply to robbery or attempt to robbery of any personal property belonging to the United States.

Bank robbery is defined by the law as robbery of money or anything of value from a bank, credit union, or savings and loan association. Anyone who attempts to carry out bank robbery or robs anything of value from a bank shall be punished with imprisonment for a period not exceeding twenty years, or fined, or both. During the bank robbery, if an assault is carried out and it places someone’s life in jeopardy, then the punishment for the offense shall be imprisonment for up to twenty five years.

If while escaping after committing the offense, the offender causes the death of someone, then he shall be punished with death or life imprisonment.

Any robbery or attempt to robbery done to steal mail, money, or property of the United States shall be imprisoned for a period of ten years. If during the act harm is caused by a weapon leading to a risk to life of another, then the imprisonment shall be for a period not exceeding twenty five years. Anyone receiving or possessing or disposing mail, money, or property knowingly shall be imprisonment for a period not exceeding ten years.

Anyone breaking into a post office to commit robbery or theft shall be fined, or imprisoned for not more than five years, or both.

Robbery of a controlled substance from the custody of anyone registered with the Drug Enforcement administration is a felony. The punishment for this offense is imprisonment for up to twenty years if someone suffering injury or died during the attempt. If a deadly weapon was used then imprisonment is up to 25 years.

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