Defending Minnesotans Charged With Robbery and Theft
Burglary and robbery are both types of theft, but legally they mean different things and can be charged in multiple different ways. If you have been accused of burglary or robbery, you need to understand the charges against you and what you can do to protect yourself from serious criminal penalties.
I am criminal defense attorney Justin Schiks. I defend people charged with burglary or robbery in the St. Paul-Minneapolis area and throughout Minnesota. I am a respected trial lawyer with a record of success defending clients accused of these crimes. Please contact me to learn how I can help.
Burglary and robbery are serious charges with penalties of up to 20 years in prison and $35,000 in fines or both.
- Burglary is entering a building without consent with the intent to commit a crime or entering a building without consent and committing a crime while inside. You can be charged with burglary whether you played an active role or were an accomplice. You can be charged with burglary in the first, second, third or fourth degrees depending on circumstances.
- Robbery involves taking something from another person by force or the threat of force. Simple robbery does not involve the use of a weapon. If you imply you have a weapon, you can be charged with aggravated second degree robbery. If you commit a robbery with a dangerous weapon, you can be charged with aggravated first degree robbery.
Identification is Key
Proper identification of suspects is key to every robbery or burglary case. If the police did not apprehend the suspect in the act of robbery or inside of a burglarized building, they often have difficulty tying a suspect to the criminal act.
“Suspicion is not enough for conviction. The prosecution needs hard, physical evidence to convict a defendant.”— Attorney Justin Schiks
Refuting Hard Evidence, Including DNA
I have been successful in persuading juries that fingerprints and DNA evidence are not as reliable as is commonly believed. Even if DNA testing is considered 95 percent accurate, there are still thousands of people whose DNA could match the profile in question.
Do not assume there is nothing that can be done to help you. I have achieved impressive results for clients charged with serious crimes. To discuss how I can assist you, please call 651-504-2564 or contact me by email today.