Taking property that does not belong to you is considered a serious act. This is especially true when the property in question is worth a significant amount of money. However, no matter the worth of the property, when extreme force or a weapon is used during a robbery, this could have tragic results. If a person is killed in the course of a robbery, this could result in a robbery homicide charge, and such a charge could have harsh penalties if a conviction results.
What are the elements of a robbery homicide? This crime essentially encapsulates two crimes. First, a robbery must be committed. And in the commission of a robbery, a homicide is committee. The elements of robbery consists of the taking, with the intent to steal, the personal property of another person from his or her person, in their presence, against his or her will, by violence, intimidation or threat of force.
The felony murder rule typically applies when a death occurs, even if it is accidental, during the commission of a felony. For the most part, the elements of first-degree murder include willfulness, deliberation and premeditation; however, in a robbery homicide case, this may not be required.
Because homicide crimes carry with them serious criminal consequences, it is important to consider criminal defense options available. This means taking the time to understand the details of the criminal allegations. This could help poke holes in the case, assisting with the reduction and even dismissal of the charges. Experienced legal guidance is helpful for those involved in such situations.