Tag Archives: ROBBERY

CAN A MINOR BE IDENTIFIED ON A FACIAL HAIR DESCRIPTION ONLY?

Q: Can a minor get convicted far assault and robbery because someone was robbed and gave police a description of just facial hair and height. And they picked up person fitting that description nothing else and because they had a charge in the pass the same.

A: While it is possible to be arrested on a weak or somewhat ambiguous identification provided to police, it is difficult to convict on a weak or ambiguous identification. If the police were on the fence about arresting him, the fact that he has priors may have give them and added reason to do so. This is not fair but it in reality, it happens. It would be important to have an attorney pin down the identification on the record at the preliminary hearing. It is crucial that he have an attorney represent him at every stage of the prosecution.

CAN A LOOK OUT PERSON BE CONVICTED IN A ROBBERY?

Q. How much time could one get in PA for accessory to an armed robbery on ones bike. My boyfriend and two friends robbed a Sunoco. He was the coast is clear guy on his bike and he wasn’t even on the property. This is his first felony.

A. Under conspiracy statute and case law, he can be charged and convicted of the same crimes as the actual robbers, under the co-conspirator and accomplice liability rules. Don’t know enough about the facts to comment as to how much jail time. For example, was a gun involved? Was force used in the robbery? Does he have prior convictions?-misdemeanors count too. He really needs an attorney or a sit down with his Public Defender. Most likely this is a Felony and he could receive a jail sentence.