An armed robbery occurs when one person takes property directly from another person while using a weapon. Under Georgia law, a weapon includes an actual firearm, knife or other object, or any object that appears to be a weapon, such as a toy gun.
Because armed robbery is a felony, the penalties for conviction are very serious, even for a first offense:
- First offense: 10 to 20 years in prison
- Second offense: life in prison with no possibility of parole. It is important to note that this will be imposed if you are convicted of armed robbery and have any prior felony convictions on your record.
Once convicted, you must serve the entirety of your sentence, as the law does not allow for suspended sentences or parole.