According to Annapolis police, a man was taken into custody in connection with a robbery that took place in the Bay Forest Center parking lot. A woman was allegedly approached by a man wielding a knife as she was placing groceries in her car. The man reportedly took her purse and then left the scene in a car driven by another individual.
The man was identified by detectives in part due to a description of the vehicle given by the woman whose purse was taken. The defendant has the option to hire a criminal defense attorney to defend him against the charges. He has been charged with reckless endangerment, possession of a deadly weapon, two counts of theft, first- and second-degree assault, robbery and armed robbery. In addition, he was charged with three counts in relation to the use of a stolen credit card.
A charge such as armed robbery is classified as a felony and is extremely serious in nature. A person who is convicted of a felony will likely suffer the consequences for the rest of his or her life. For instance, felons are not permitted to vote, carry firearms or receive many types of government financial support. Individuals who have been convicted of a felony face difficulties finding steady employment or places to live.
A Maryland criminal defense attorney may work to have a felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor. One common way to accomplish this is through a plea bargain. However, there are some drawbacks to plea deals. For example, the defendant can be required to plead guilty to the lesser charge. If a defendant chooses not to take a plea bargain, then he or she may have to go to trial.
Source: wbaltv.com, "Annapolis police make robbery arrest," Saliqa Khan, Feb. 18, 2015