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Police arrest two armed robbery suspects in South Carolina

Using a weapon to commit a crime is a serious offense in South Carolina. If the government can prove that a suspect used force or a weapon to commit a crime, the offender will likely serve substantial jail time.

Recently, police arrested two men after they allegedly robbed a convenience store roughly 85 miles east of Columbia, South Carolina. According to investigators, the men were masked when they entered the business, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. The suspects then fled with untold amounts in cash and goods.

According to reports, police dogs then tracked the suspects to an apartment complex and recovered the stolen items. The suspects were taken into custody on a $30,000 surety bond. One of the suspects was also held on a bench warrant.

Robbery is a serious crime. The extent of charges and penalties for robbery depends on several factors, such as the value of the property stolen and whether the suspect used force or a weapon to commit the crime. Armed robbery is a felony in South Carolina that carries a jail term which can last between 10 to 30 years. Other than imprisonment, a person may be subjected to pay fines once convicted. In addition, any criminal conviction often leads to a damaged reputation. Criminal conviction can affect employment, which can have a huge financial impact on the accused and his or her family.

A criminal trial is never an easy process and the accused has the right to a rigorous defense. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help build a solid criminal defense strategy to address the facts surrounding the case, including challenges to the evidence that the prosecutors might present. Anyone accused of a crime should understand all of their legal options.

Source: WMBF News, "FCSO: Two arrests made in connection to armed robbery," Mandy Noell, Dec. 23, 2013

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