Arcades and Robbery in Charlotte, NC

Posted by Josh Valentine | May 21, 2018

There was a recent robbery in Mecklenburg County involving an arcade and an attempted murder. On May 2nd, robbers entered Buster's Arcade along U.S. Highway 29, armed with an AR-15 and a handgun. The two proceeded into the arcade while threatening patrons with gunfire if they did not listen to their commands. Due to the threats, the robbers were successful in leaving with almost $3,000 in cash. They also allegedly robbed two additional stores but were not as successful -- an A-2-Z Cash and Carry Wholesale -- both located in Charlotte. Even though the robbers were seen on surveillance videos during the robberies and used the same vehicle in these heists, they have yet to be arrested.

A Robbery Charge & Its Impact on You

An accusation of robbery can change one's life and limit your future opportunities. Even if you are not convicted of robbery, it can still have an impact because of the stain an arrest carries with it. In North Carolina, a robbery is considered a felony. However, the classification of that felony depends on the circumstances, specifically: whether or not dangerous weapons were used. The two types of felonies for robbery are:

  1. Common law robbery, a Class G felony; and
  • Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon -- as either an aide or abettor -- a Class D felony.

If you are charged with a Class D felony in North Carolina, then the penalties range between 38 months (three years and two months) and 160 months (13 years and four months) in prison. In addition, you will lose the following rights:

  • The right to own or possess a firearm
  • The right to serve on a grand jury
  • The right to vote
  • The right to work in occupations that require federal or state licenses
  • The right to work in state offices.

A felony charge will also impact your opportunities if you are found guilty. Following a conviction is a criminal record that can materialize whenever a potential employer, lessor, or other entity conducts a criminal background check. Companies looking for new employees to hire, hiring agencies searching for employees to review, and even landlords are not as likely to consider an individual that has a felony compared to candidates just as qualified but without a felony attached to their name.

What to do if you are accused of robbery

It is important to properly defend yourself against accusations of robbery. The charges and repercussions associated with robbery are very serious. In addition, the penalties that are issued in the form of a Class D felony or a Class G felony can last for several years. Proving your innocence and restoring your rights is what matters most if you are accused of robbery. If you have been accused of committing a robbery, then it is important to have experienced attorney represent you. Contact Caulder & Valentine Law Firm, PLLC, criminal defense attorneys experienced in robbery cases, either online or at 704-470-2440 for a confidential consultation and for more information today.

About the Author

Josh Valentine

You could say Josh has a God-given ability for sustaining long-term relationships. He and his wife first met in elementary school and went to Gardner Webb University (GWU) together, where they tied for number 1 in their class. Then, they both started law school on the same day of their graduation and got married during their first semester. He has also known his law partner Blake Caulder since Kindergarten. Theirs is the perfect partnership. “He’s the brake; I am the accelerator,” Josh says. Both Josh and his wife attended an innovative program at Charlotte Law School that allowed them to complete law school in two years instead of the typical three. His wife graduated and passed the North Carolina bar at age 20, becoming one of the youngest attorneys in the state. He readily admits she’s smarter than him. Of course, Josh went on to pass the North Carolina State Bar himself and later the South Carolina State Bar. While in school, he was Associate Editor of the Law Review and received accolades like Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society membership, Order of the Crown, Pro Bono Honors, CALI Awards (highest grade). In his career as a lawyer, he has been admitted to the United States Federal Court for the Western District of North Carolina, is a member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, and completed training for DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Josh has also been named to the Top 40 Under 40 for Criminal Defense by The National Trial Lawyers, the Business North Carolina 2019 Legal Elite for Criminal Defense, and the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys three years in a row (2016, 2017, and 2018). Community involvement has been important to Josh all his life. In high school, he participated in building a Holocaust museum that has become internationally regarded. He and his wife are actively engaged in animal rescue, which currently means seven cats and two kittens. He served in prison ministry and assisted with fundraiser banquets there, and he provides pro bono and reduced fee legal services to those in need. As if all of that weren’t enough, Josh also mentors high risk youth and helps with his church’s youth group. He participates in other community volunteer projects involving construction, remodeling, drywall, painting, and landscaping. He’s an active student of the Bible and has traveled to Israel, Brazil, and Europe for mission work. No one can say Josh isn’t a well-rounded individual. In his spare time, he likes to play softball, basketball, and tennis, and he can play the piano and trombone. Sometimes on weekends, believe it or not, he enjoys pouring and finishing concrete with friends who own a concrete and grading business. In his law practice, Josh has made it a point to develop positive relationships with officers, clerks, and district attorneys, which has proven invaluable in delivering positive results for his clients. It’s important to him to both listen to his clients and fight for them. Law enforcement officers have important responsibilities to keep our communities safe and uphold the law, but one of the responsibilities of attorneys is to make sure officers do their job correctly. Josh considers it his job to hold them accountable for their actions. Josh is a person of deep faith. He knows that the established order of our universe and strength of America’s Judeo-Christian influenced court system is built on God’s word. His passion to serve each client with innovation, excellence and integrity is a byproduct of his faith. When asked why he became a lawyer, Josh says, “All through my life, I have personally witnessed family members and very close friends endure divorce, child custody battles, bankruptcy, civil lawsuits, and even fraudulent criminal accusations. I both saw and experienced the stress such events can place on an individual, and I realized that everyone, at some point in their life, needs hope, comfort, and encouragement. In each one of those situations, the person who was best situated to provide that vital support was their lawyer. So that’s why I became an attorney. I understand what you are going through, and I’m here to help you. Our office is focused on meeting your needs and guiding you through what may be the most difficult time of your life.” Education: Charlotte School of Law J.D., Magna Cum Laude Class Rank – 21 of 328 Associate Editor of Charlotte School of Law Law Review Certification and Concentration in Employment Law Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society Order of the Crown Pro Bono Honors CALI Awards (Highest Grade)—Lawyering Process I and Contracts I Full Scholarship Gardner-Webb University B.S. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude Distinguished Senior Student Award – Highest GPA Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honorary Society Bar Admissions: North Carolina State Bar