The Three Elements of Robbery in Georgia

What Is the Definition of Robbery?

Georgia law defines robbery as when a person has intent to commit theft and takes the property of another person either from them or in front of another person.

Three Elements of Robbery

1) Robbery by Use of Force

Robbery by use of force is committed when a person uses force to take the property of another person, or in front of another. An example of this would be a person grabbing a victim’s property and the victim resisting as a result of trying to retain the property.

2) Robbery by Intimidation

Robbery by intimidation includes threat or coercion or putting the person in fear of bodily injury to themselves or another. Robbery by intimidation is when a person takes the property of a person or in front of another by using threats or coercion. Threats can take place with words or even non-verbal gestures. An example would be a person going up to a student with a laptop and saying they will hurt them if they don’t give them their laptop. 

3) Robbery by Sudden Snatching

Robbery by sudden snatching happens when a person suddenly snatches a person’s property. An example of this would be a person snatching a person’s property with no struggle involved.

What Are the Penalties of Robbery in Georgia?

Since robbery is a severe criminal offense and is classified as a felony, if convicted of robbery you could face up to 1-20 years of imprisonment. If the victim is 65 years or older, imprisonment goes up to 5-20 years.

What Is the Definition of Armed Robbery in Georgia?

According to O.C.G.A. § 16-8-41, armed robbery is committed when a person has the intent to commit theft. Additionally, they must take property from a person or in front of another by use of a weapon. The weapon includes anything that is also considered a replica, article, or device that appears as a weapon.

What Is An Example of Armed Robbery in Georgia?

An example of this would be a person using a toy gun that appears as a real gun to commit the offense of armed robbery of a bank.  


What is the punishment of armed robbery in Georgia?

Armed robbery is a felony offense punishable by imprisonment for at least ten years and up to 20 years. In addition to imprisonment, a person convicted of armed robbery in Georgia may also be fined up to $100,000 and may be required to pay restitution to the victim. The specific penalties in a given case will depend on the specific circumstances of the offense and the value of the property taken.


Armed robbery in the taking of controlled substances from the pharmacy is when a person unlawfully takes a controlled substance from a pharmacy or a wholesale druggist and intentionally inflicts bodily injury. The penalty for the armed robbery of a pharmacy for controlled substances is up to 15 years of imprisonment. A controlled substance; is defined as any drug that is Schedule 1(I) through 4(V).  

Armed Robbery Sentence in Georgia

The penalty for armed robbery is imprisonment of up to 10-20 years or a life sentence. Separate convictions may also be added for the use and possession of a firearm during an armed robbery under OCGA 16-11-106.

How much do you have to steal to go to jail in Georgia?

In Georgia, theft of property valued at $500 or less is generally charged as a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 12 months.

How much do you have to steal for it to be a felony in Georgia?

Theft of property valued at more than $500 is generally charged as a felony, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment for one to ten years.

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