Michigan Criminal Law: Robbery
Robbery charges in the state of Michigan are based on allegations that combine the elements of a larceny charge with essentially an act of force or violence; i.e., similar elements of an assault and/or assault & battery. Another key issue is whether “weapon” was used during the alleged act. This one fact may determine whether someone is being charged with armed robbery, a capitol level offense; versus the significant but less serious charge of unarmed robbery.
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Anyone charged, of course, is presumed innocent. The prosecutor would need to prove the elements of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt if the matter proceeded to trial. Simply because a person is charged does not mean that they will be convicted.
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If you are charged with an offense and cannot afford to pay for your own defense, the court may appoint you an attorney payable at the public’s expense. You have a right to counsel.