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What are some defenses to robbery charges in Maryland?

Anyone who has been charged with robbery in Maryland faces serious consequences because robbery, no matter the degree, is a felony. Penalties for a robbery conviction can include a significant prison term and a permanent criminal record. So mounting a strong criminal defense against any robbery charge is imperative. But what types of defense might a criminal defense attorney raise in a robbery trial?

One way to defend against a robbery charge is for the defendant to argue that someone else committed the crime. In any criminal trial the prosecution has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime. In many robbery cases eyewitness identification is a critical issue. Eyewitness identification is also notoriously unreliable. Therefore, if the defense can challenge the prosecution's evidence that it was the defendant who committed the crime, reasonable doubt can be raised in the minds of jurors.

In some cases police and prosecutors are tipped off to the robber's identity by an informant. Informants are often criminals themselves, who have agreed to testify against the defendant in exchange for leniency in their own cases. Defense counsel can attack the credibility of such witnesses at trial by pointing out their ulterior motives in testifying.

There are additional defenses that a criminal defense team can employ against robbery charges, including claiming duress. But any Maryland resident who has been charged with any degree of robbery should seek the advice of an experienced criminal attorney in order to understand the potential consequences of these charges.

Source:, "Robbery defenses", accessed on June 28, 2015

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