Armed Robbery Charges and Laws in Washington State
In the state of Washington, armed robbery is robbery in the first degree and is labeled as a class A felony, as per RCW 9A.56.200. Penalties depend upon several mitigating factors, including the severity of the criminal actions and the existence of any weapon enhancements. If convicted, the defendant will face jail time and large fines.
RWC 9A.56.190 explains that a person commits robbery when he or she “unlawfully takes personal property from the person of another or in his or her presence against his or her will by the use or threatened use of immediate force, violence, or fear of injury to that person or his or her property or the person or property of anyone.”
The crime is considered robbery in the first degree, when the person:
- is armed with a deadly weapon;
- “displays what appears to be a firearm or other deadly weapon”;
- inflicts bodily injury; or
- commits the robbery against a financial institution.