N.C.G.S. Article 17 § 14-87 through § 14-89 Common Law Robbery, Robbery with Firearms or Other Dangerous Weapons, Safecracking
In North Carolina, all forms of robbery are charged as felonies. Robbery is a violent theft offense and is considered a violent crime.
The North Carolina General Statutes defines common law robbery as the taking of the property of another with the intent to permanently deprive that person of it with the use of force or the fear of force. If in the act of the robbery a weapon or firearm is used, then this is considered armed robbery and the felony classification and accompanying penalties, become much more severe.
Safecracking refers to the act of unlawfully opening, entering or attempting to open or enter a safe or vault using explosives, drills, tools, a stolen key or combination, or any other safecracking implement. The theft of a safe or tampering with its contents is also classified as safecracking.
Given that robbery is categorized as a felony in all cases, the associated punishment can be severe, especially when a weapon is involved. If you or a loved one has been charged with a robbery crime, contact a Raleigh robbery lawyer at The Chetson Firm for a free consultation.