April 8, 2010 By Wallin & Klarich

How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You

It was recently reported that 4 men are facing robbery and assault charges after they allegedly struck a man over the head with a beer bottle and took a woman’s purse at a Del Taco in Costa Mesa, California. Miguel Mondragon, 19, is the sole suspect facing a charge of first degree robbery. Mondragon has plead not guilty.

Under California Penal Code Section 211, robbery is defined as the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear. First degree robbery is defined as any robbery that is committed against any person performing his or her duties as an operator of a bus, taxicab, cable car, street car, or other vehicle; every robbery of any passenger which is perpetrated on any vehicles used for transportation for hire; every robbery which is perpetrated in an inhabited dwelling house; every robbery of a person while using an ATM, or immediately after the person has used the ATM; or the inhabited portion of any other building is defines robbery in California of the first degree.

All other robbery is defined as second degree. In this case, Mondragon will likely be facing second degree robbery charges since Del Taco is a business establishment that is not associated with the transportation of passengers nor did this occur while the individual was using an ATM. More importantly, second degree robbery is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or even five years.

If you or a loved one is facing a charge of robbery or a serious felony, contact our Orange County criminal defense attorneys at Wallin and Klarich. Wallin & Klarich will help protect your rights and find the best defense strategy for your case. For over 30 years, our attorneys have been helping clients get probation or community service in lieu of jail time. Please call us today at (888) 280-6839 or visit us on our website at www.wklaw.com. We will be there when you cal

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