Robbery Law and Legal Definition

Robbery is similar to theft, but with the added element of force or use of a weapon. A robbery is committed if in the course of committing a theft someone:

  1. Uses force against the person of the owner or any person present with intent to overcome his physical resistance or physical power of resistance; or
  2. Threatens the imminent use of force against the person of the owner or any person present with intent to compel acquiescence to the taking of or escaping with the property.

Robbery accompanied with another participant, use or threatened use of a weapon, or serious injury to a victim will usually increase the seriousness of the robbery offense charged. Degrees of robbery are defined by each state's laws. Laws vary by state, so local law should be consulted to determine the law applicable in your area.