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What Factors Affect Robbery Sentencing? 
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Post What Factors Affect Robbery Sentencing?
The elements required to convict a person of robbery, as well as the factors that affect a robbery sentencing, will differ among jurisdictions. As a general rule, robbery is basically a theft that is accomplished by the use, or threat of use, of force. Factors that may affect a robbery sentencing include whether a weapon was actually used or not and what weapon it was. as well as whether or not the victim was injured. In addition, the dollar value of the property taken, the defendant's criminal history, and whether or not the defendant accepted a plea agreement will affect a robbery sentencing.

Theft, in most jurisdictions, is found when a person exerts unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the person of the property. A theft becomes a robbery when force, or the threat of force, is used to commit the theft. The force element does not require a weapon to be used; however, use of a weapon may elevate the robbery charge to a higher level. When a weapon is used, many jurisdictions charge the crime as "armed robbery" or "robbery with a deadly weapon," which is typically a higher level crime that carries a longer possible maximum sentence.

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