The Difference Between Robbery and Armed Robbery in Arizona


Robbery and armed robbery are both serious theft crimes.

In Arizona, there were nearly 6,500 cases of robbery recorded in 2013. Of those, more than 2,500 involved a firearm, 656 involved a knife or cutting instrument, and 688 involved other types of dangerous weapons.

So what’s the difference between robbery and armed robbery?

Defining Robbery & Armed Robbery

Ordinary robbery is committed when someone uses violence or the threat of violence to take property from another person. The definitions and laws pertaining to robbery in Arizona are outlined in A.R.S. 13-1902. Robbery is a class 4 felony.

Armed robbery, on the other hand, occurs when a weapon is used to commit the robbery. Arizona then elevates this to an armed robbery charge.

Armed Robbery Punishments

Armed robberies are typically punished more severely than most crimes because in addition to the use of a weapon, they are also a victim’s crime. Therefore, those who commit an armed robbery generally confront their victims personally and take the property by means of aggressive force.

According to A.R.S. 13-1904, armed robbery is a class 2 felony and may be charged if there’s a dangerous weapon involved in the robbery. It’s important to note that the dangerous weapon doesn’t necessarily have to be used – if it’s present, then it can be considered armed robbery.

Similarly, if the weapon is “simulated” and not real – if you pretended to have a deadly weapon, for example – then this could also be charged as armed robbery.

Are You Facing Robbery Charges in Arizona?

A robbery happens every 90 minutes in Arizona. Though they are common offenses, they are taken very seriously by the court, and only the skills and knowledge of an experienced robbery defense lawyer can improve your chances of legal success.

At JacksonWhite, that’s our goal: to give your legal case the time and attention needed to bring the best possible outcome. Our criminal defense team works tirelessly to make sure rights are being protected and bringing the best potential defense to their case.

We’ll let you know what legal options are available to you and make sure you understand the big picture of your case.

Call the JacksonWhite Criminal Law team at (480) 467-4370 to discuss your case today.

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