November 14, 2011 By Wallin & Klarich

Simi Valley High School science teacher David Considine appeared in court Thursday on armed robbery charges.

Considine is accused of robbing a convenience store at knife point. Considine sought, through his Ventura robbery attorney, to be released into a drug treatment facility. His attorney claims that because of drug use, Considine has no recollection of the armed robbery. The motion was continued to Tuesday, November 15, 2011 to give the district attorney’s office an opportunity to respond to the motion.

In California, robbery is codified under Penal Code Section 211. It states in pertinent part that “robbery is 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.” Robbery is a felony, and will result in a strike if convicted.

The punishments associated with a robbery conviction are severe. If convicted of a first degree-robbery in California, a person faces up to six-years in state prison. A first-degree robbery is reserved for the most serious robbery offenses. These include robberies of people who are using, or have just used an automated teller machine, robbery of a home that is lived in, and drivers or passengers of any type of commercial vehicle.

Additionally, if the defendant, voluntarily acting with two or more other persons, commits the robbery within an inhabited home, those defendants face up to nine years in state prison. All other robbery that takes place that does occur under the circumstances mentioned above is considered second-degree robbery. A defendant faces up to five years in state prison if convicted of a second-degree robbery charge.

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