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Arcades and Robbery in Charlotte, NC

Posted by Josh Valentine | May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

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 that 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. Before attending law school, I worked for a law firm focused on record clearing services, including expungements, pardons, and motions for appropriate relief.  The vast experience and understanding of North Carolina's expungement laws that I have acquired has given me an advantage in defending criminal charges, because not only do I fight for the best possible outcome in your case, but I am also continually conscious of the long term effects that a criminal charge or conviction can have on a person's life.  As such, I will do whatever I can to insure that my clients will not end up with a criminal record.  I was born in New London, Connecticut, but spent the first few years of my life in Dallas, Texas, before moving to Rutherfordton, North Carolina in 2001.  Upon graduating from high school, I attended Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, where I majored in Accounting.  Eager to finish school, I began law school at Charlotte School of Law the day of my graduation from GWU, and completed my law degree in two years (instead of the typical three). During law school, I studied hard and strived to acquire the most experience possible so that I would be practice ready upon graduation.  The opportunities I gained included prosecuting criminal defendants through an externship with the Burke County District Attorney's Office, defending criminal defendants through Charlotte School of Law's Criminal Justice Clinic, and interning with Farmer & Morris, PLLC. I am blessed with a beautiful wife, Gabrielle Valentine, who is an attorney at Farmer & Morris, PLLC, in Rutherfordton, North Carolina.  In my free time, I enjoy helping with the youth group in my church, playing basketball and softball in our local church leagues, serving in the prison ministry, and spending time with my family.  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


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