How Does Maryland Law Define Robbery?
The drafters of the Maryland Criminal Code decided to let the crime robbery retain the definitions the courts gave to it. Historically, robbery was:
The taking, and carrying away, by force or threat of force the property to another with the intent to deprive the owner of the property.
Still is. Experienced Baltimore criminal defense attorneys are well versed in the cases that say property can be anything of value. The defendant’s intent must be to permanently deprive the person of the property, and the State must prove that intent beyond a reasonable doubt. Intent can be shown by the defendant holding property for a reward, or using it in a way the owner won’t get it back. Robbery is a serious charge, with significant penalties, ranging from 15 to 30 years.
-This Article was updated by Eric Kirk on 4/16/20.