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Robbery vs. Aggravated Robbery in Colorado

There are two main types of robbery offenses in Colorado: (simple) robbery and aggravated robbery. While robbery alone is a serious felony offense, getting convicted of aggravated robbery is punishable by much harsher criminal penalties. The following blog post is an overview of the differences between robbery and aggravated robbery. 


In Colorado, robbery is defined as knowingly taking something of value (e.g., money, property, etc.) from another person or in the presence of someone else using force, intimidation, or threats. On the other hand, if the property belongs to you or another person who is the rightful owner, you will not be charged and convicted of robbery. 

Robbery is a class 4 felony, which carries a maximum prison term of six years and/or a fine of up to $500,000. However, if the victim of the crime is someone with a disability or an “at-risk” elder (i.e., a person over 70 years of age), the mandatory minimum prison sentence is four years. 

Aggravated Robbery 

There are two main types of aggravated robberies in Colorado: aggravated robbery and aggravated robbery of controlled substances. 

Robbery is elevated to aggravated robbery if any of the following circumstances are true: 

  • The robber or an accomplice is armed with a deadly weapon (e.g., loaded or unloaded firearm, a knife, or any other device that can be used to inflict serious or fatal injury) with the intent to kill, wound, or maim the individual being robbed or someone else. 

  • The robber or an accomplice knowingly strikes or wounds the individual being robbed or someone else with a deadly weapon and knowingly puts the victims in reasonable fear of bodily harm or death. 

  • The robber demonstrates that he/she is armed with a deadly weapon, possesses an article fashioned in a manner or used to lead any person to believe it to be a deadly weapon, or vocally claims he/she is armed. 

Aggravated robbery is a class 3 felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 16 years and/or a maximum fine of $750,000. If a person used or threatened to use a deadly weapon or if someone else was seriously injured during the robbery or in flight therefrom, the maximum prison term is increased to 32 years (with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years). 

On the other hand, aggravated robbery of controlled substances occurs when a person commits aggravated robbery and the main purpose of the offense is to steal a controlled substance from a pharmacy, pharmacist, or a person who has lawful possession of the drugs. This offense is a class 2 felony, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 48 years and/or a fine of up to $1,000,000. 

Let Our Firm Help You 

If you are facing robbery charges in Denver, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and freedom. With more than 33 years of trial-tested experience, Attorney David L. Owen, Jr. Has defended clients in both state and federal courts throughout Colorado. Our legal team can investigate your case, gather and analyze evidence, negotiate with prosecutors, and help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case. 

If you have been accused of robbery in Denver, call the Law Offices of David L. Owen, Jr., P.C. at (303) 622-3281 or fill out our online contact form today to request a free initial consultation.