Robbery is a felony offense in Wisconsin. So, facing robbery allegations in the state has the potential to have all kinds of major life impacts on a person. The situation can take on an even higher level of seriousness if they are accused of armed robbery.
Standard robbery offenses are Class E felonies under state law. Armed robbery, however, comes in at a much higher felony class, with much higher potential penalties. Specifically, armed robbery is a Class C felony.
Using or threatening to use a dangerous weapon during the course of a robbery raises the offense up from the standard level to armed robbery. Also, a robbery involving the use or threatened use of an object that isn’t dangerous can be armed robbery under certain circumstances. For one, it can if the object was fashioned or used in a way that would cause the victim to have a reasonable belief that it was, in fact, a dangerous weapon.
So, when a person is facing accusation of robbery, what they are alleged to have had on them during the alleged robbery and whether such objects fall into categories like the ones mentioned above can be major issues. What evidence comes up regarding such issues can have major impacts on how severe of charges a robbery suspect is facing. There are many different types of evidence authorities may present dealing with these issues. Many different factors can impact the accuracy of such evidence and whether it was obtained in a valid way. Skilled defense attorneys can look into such factors for robbery suspects.
Source: Wisconsin State Legislature, “Wisconsin Statutes - 943.32 – Robbery.,” Accessed March 10, 2017