Section 200.380 of the Nevada Revised Statute deals with robbery, defining it as the “unlawful taking of personal property from the person of another.” What sets robbery apart from theft is the fact that the act is committed by “force or violence” directly against the person, making it a violent crime that carries stiffer fines and a longer jail sentence as a result.
The degree of force used in the commission of a robbery is irrelevant, as the Nevada legislature has determined that victims suffer mental and emotional harm regardless. Unlike in other states, there is no distinction made between armed or unarmed perpetrators. This crime is considered to be a Category B felony, which is punishable by a minimum prison sentence of two years, along with other fines and penalties.
One of the leading reasons why innocent people are accused of robbery is eyewitness misidentification. In the confusion surrounding an incident, it can be difficult for victims to clearly identify their assailants, and their inability to remember things clearly could lead to an innocent person being targeted. Defense attorneys will look at possible alibis or holes in the victim’s story that would indicate the defendant is actually being wrongly accused.