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Defending Against Robbery Charges in Indiana 35-42-5-1: B. Hicks Law



Robbery is a serious criminal offense in Indiana, carrying severe penalties. It is essential to understand the legal implications, potential consequences, and your rights if you or a loved one is facing robbery charges. At B. Hicks Law, we are committed to providing top-notch criminal defense services to individuals facing legal challenges, and we are here to shed light on Indiana's laws related to robbery.


Understanding Indiana Robbery Laws


Indiana Code 35-42-5-1 defines the crime of robbery. In simple terms, robbery occurs when a person knowingly or intentionally takes property from another individual or in their presence by using or threatening the use of force or by putting them in fear. The level of the offense and associated penalties may vary based on specific circumstances, as outlined in subsections (a) and (b).

Subsection (a) Robbery

Under subsection (a) of the law:

  • If a person commits robbery by using or threatening force or putting someone in fear, it is considered a Level 5 felony.

However, if the robbery is committed:

  • While armed with a deadly weapon

  • Results in bodily injury to a person other than the defendant

In these cases, the offense escalates to a Level 3 felony. Furthermore, if it results in serious bodily injury to a person other than the defendant, the charge becomes a Level 2 felony.

Subsection (b) Robbery Involving Controlled Substances

Subsection (b) addresses robbery involving controlled substances. Here, if a person knowingly or intentionally takes a controlled substance from a pharmacist acting in an official capacity or from a pharmacy by using or threatening force or putting someone in fear, it is considered a Level 4 felony.

However, similar to subsection (a), the charge becomes more severe if:

  • The robbery is committed while armed with a deadly weapon

  • Results in bodily injury to a person other than the defendant

In these instances, the offense escalates to a Level 2 felony. Additionally, if the robbery results in serious bodily injury to a person other than the defendant, it becomes a Level 1 felony.


Defending Against Robbery Charges


Robbery charges can have life-altering consequences, including substantial fines and imprisonment. When facing such charges, it is crucial to have a strong legal defense on your side. At B. Hicks Law, we have a team of experienced criminal defense attorneys who are well-versed in Indiana's criminal laws.

Our approach to defending against robbery charges includes:

  1. Thorough Investigation: We will investigate the circumstances surrounding the alleged robbery to uncover any inconsistencies, contradictions, or evidence that may work in your favor.

  2. Legal Expertise: Our attorneys have an in-depth understanding of Indiana's criminal laws and will work to build the best possible defense strategy tailored to your specific situation.

  3. Negotiation: In some cases, we may negotiate with the prosecution to reduce the charges or seek a more lenient sentence for our clients.

  4. Litigation: If necessary, we are prepared to vigorously defend your rights in court, challenging evidence and witnesses, and ensuring your side of the story is heard.


Robbery charges in Indiana are a serious matter, with potentially life-changing consequences. If you or a loved one is facing such charges, it is imperative to have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. At B. Hicks Law, we are committed to providing aggressive and effective legal representation to protect your rights and future. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you navigate your robbery case. Your future may depend on it.

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