Whether someone robs a bank or a convenience store, it all falls under the same charge. Robbery in Missouri is defined as a person who forcibly steals property while causing injury to someone during the offense. Depending on the type of property stolen and injuries caused, the robber could face serious jail time.
Robbery – First Degree Felony Statute
- A person commits the offense of robbery in the first degree if he or she forcibly steals property and in the course thereof he or she, or another participant in the offense:
(1) Causes serious physical injury to any person; or
(2) Is armed with a deadly weapon; or
(3) Uses or threatens the immediate use of a dangerous instrument against any person; or
(4) Displays or threatens the use of what appears to be a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument; or
(5) Steals any controlled substance from a pharmacy.
- The offense of robbery in the first degree is a class A felony.
Robbery – Second Degree Felony Statute
- A person commits the offense of robbery in the second degree if he or she forcibly steals property and in the course thereof causes physical injury to another person.
- The offense of robbery in the second degree is a class B felony.
Penalty Of Conviction
Robbery in the first degree is a Class A felony and can result in 10-30 years prison time. Prison time can range based on the amount/seriousness of injuries caused, as well as the amount of property or controlled substances stolen from a pharmacy. Robbery in the second degree is a Class B felony and can range from 5-15 years prison time. The amount of time in prison can again range from the severity of injuries caused to others as well as the value of the property stolen.