If my friend was charged with 2nd degree robbery, what happens now?

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If my friend was charged with 2nd degree robbery, what happens now?

My friend was arrested and charged with 2nd degree robbery using intimidation. There was also another man with him that was charged also. My friend has an extensive criminal record including things like theft, assault, public intoxication etc. What type of sentence could he get if convicted and what typ of plea should he ask for if he pleads guilty to that or a lesser charge?

Asked on October 25, 2010 under Criminal Law, Iowa

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Your friend needs to get help from a criminal defense attorney in your area as soon as he can. An attorney in your area familiar with sentencing guidelines, if any, can help here.  I am affraid that he may be seen as a "repeat" or "habitual" offender and the law may not take too kindly to that.  He really needs to discuss the matter with an attorney who can look at the matter before him and look at all his priors and then give an idea of what he can expect.  Three may also be other options - such as self-help programs - that he may be eligible for and that he should explore.  Good luck.   


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