Evan E. Randall knows the impact of a conviction for robbery can have devasting effects of a person's ability to find a job, obtain certain benefit, and own a firearm. This is why a strong defense needs to be mounted. The statute creating the offense of robbery can be found at 720 ILCS 5/18-1

In order to get a conviction, the State's Attorney must be prove each of the following beyound a reasonable doubt:

  • The defendant knowingly took property;
  • From another person;
  • by using or threatening to use force.

Robbery can only be committed against a person. Taking property from the residence of another is not robbery, but it can be charged as burglary. 

Further, the defendant must actually use or threaten to use force. This is one of the areas that a skilled defense attorney will focus on. Many successful defenses are created based upon this element. 


Robbery is usually charged as a class 2 felony. If the victim is over the age of 60 or is disabled, then the charge is elevated to a class 1 felony.

Similarly, consequences are more severe if the robbery took place in a school, day car, church, or group home. In these cases, the charges would also be class 1 felonies. 

Collateral consequences also include the inability to own or retain a firearm, public benefits, job opportunities, and a mark on the criminal record. A skilled defense attorney will be able to mount a successful defense or minimize the damage by getting the charges reduced. 


Evan E. Randall has provided successful defenses for those charged with robbery and aggravated robbery in McHenry County. By retaining the services of a proven defense attorney, the chances of a successful outcome are increased significantly. 

Many defenses exist to charges such as robbery and a free consultation will reveal those applicable to a particular situation. Call a criminal defense attorney at (815) 880-4529 or by email at