Murfreesboro Robbery Lawyer

What is robbery?

Under Tennessee Code Annotated § 39-13-401, a person commits robbery when they intentionally or knowingly steal from another person through the use of fear or violence. Robbery is one of the most serious theft crimes a person can be accused of committing and is punished as a felony in all forms in the state of Tennessee.


If you have been accused of robbery, you could be facing decades in prison along with exorbitant fines if convicted. With stakes this high, you need an advocate in your corner who is prepared to unbiasedly protect your freedom and ensure no stone is left unturned in your defense. You need Murfreesboro robbery attorney Joshua T. Crain, Attorney at Law on your side.


Having earned a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating and multiple inclusions in the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 list, Attorney Crain has the passion and experience you need to minimize your chances of conviction. Backed by many positive client testimonials and a history or success, he has what it takes to ensure your rights are guarded during this time.

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When it comes to theft crimes, there can be a lot of confusion about what exactly each crime involves. This is particularly true regarding the crimes of robbery and burglary as many people often confuse these two offenses.


Robbery can be charged in 3 ways:

  • Robbery: “the intentional or knowing theft of property from the person of another by violence or putting the person in fear.
    • Class C felony
  • Aggravated Robbery: “Robbery as defined in § 39-13-401 accomplished with a deadly weapon or by display of any article used or fashioned to lead the victim to reasonably believe it to be a deadly weapon; or where the victim suffers bodily injury.”
    • Class B felony
  • Especially Aggravated Robbery: “Robbery as defined in § 39-13-401 accomplished with a deadly weapon and where the victim suffers serious bodily injury.
    • Class A felony


Burglary is defined as a person who, without the effective consent of the owner,

  • Enters a building other than a habitation not open to the public with intent to commit a felony, theft, or assault;
  • Remains concealed – with the intent to commit a felony, theft, or assault – in a building;
  • Enters a building and commits or attempts to commit a felony, theft, or assault; or
  • Enters any freight or passenger car, automobile, truck, trailer, boat, airplane, or other motor vehicle with intent to commit a felony, theft, or assault or commits or attempts to commit a felony, theft, or assault.

In summary, robbery is a violent theft crime where you steal something from another person by threatening them with a weapon or something that looks like a weapon, or by injuring them. Burglary, on the other hand, is the act of concealing yourself and/or entering a premise with the intent of committing a felony, theft, or assault.


Unlike burglary which involves entering a building and committing a felony or theft once inside, robbery involves forcefully taking stolen property directly from a person’s possession and can occur anywhere at any time. Depending on whether the act of robbery involved the use of a deadly weapon or resulted in serious injury to the victim, robbery can be classified as either a Class C, Class B, or Class A felony offense.

Robbery penalties in Tennessee are as follows:

  • Robbery: Class C felony – 3-15 years imprisonment, fines up to $10,000
  • Aggravated robbery: Class B felony – 8-30 years imprisonment, fines up to $25,000
  • Especially aggravated robbery: Class A felony – 15-60 years imprisonment, fines up to $50,000

In addition to the immediate criminal penalties, a person convicted of robbery can face a number of secondary consequences such as a damaged reputation and difficulty finding suitable employment, sometimes long after they have served their sentence. Likewise, robbery convictions cannot be expunged or erased from public record.

For this reason, if you are facing robbery charges, it is imperative you act quickly to protect your future and freedom. Attorney Crain can examine the details of your case and craft a custom-tailored strategy that contests the evidence against you and maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your situation.


No case is too large or too complex for Joshua T. Crain, Attorney at Law to handle. With fast, smart, and responsive defense strategies and a dedication to keeping you informed of all important developments in your case, he can effectively challenge your robbery charge and provide the unwavering support you need. From advocating for a reduction or dismissal of your charges to plea bargaining with the prosecution, he is committed to helping you pursue the best possible outcome.

Why Choose Joshua T. Crain as your attorney?

With a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating and ranking among The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Mr. Crain knows what it takes to obtain a favorable outcome for your case. He has handled thousands of cases successfully and has earned a long list of positive reviews from satisfied clients.


During your initial consultation, Mr. Crain will help you understand how the law applies to your situation and provide you with a clear path forward. Making use of the right legal strategies in your family law case is every bit as important as knowing the law, which is why hiring an experienced Murfreesboro family law attorney is of critical importance.

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