According to RCW 9A.56.190, a robbery occurs when a person unlawfully takes personal property from another person or in his presence against his will by the use or threatened use of immediate force, violence, or fear of injury to that person, his property or a third person or the third person's property. There are two types of robbery in the State of Washington: robbery in the first degree and robbery in the second degree.
Robbery in the First Degree:
According to RCW 9A.56.200, a person commits robbery in the first degree if:
- (1) In the commission of a robbery he:
- (a) Is armed with a deadly weapon;
- (b) Displays what appears to be a deadly weapon; or
- (c) Inflicts bodily injury on a person.
- (2) Commits a robbery in and against a financial institution.
Robbery in the first degree is considered a class A felony, which means it is punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison, a maximum fine of $50,000, or both. The court may require restitution instead of a fine.
Robbery in the Second Degree:
According to RCW 9A.56.210, a person commits robbery in the second degree if he commits a robbery not involving a deadly weapon or injury to another.
Robbery in the second degree is a class B felony, which means it is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $20,000, or both. The court may require restitution instead of a fine.