Armed robbery charges reduced, Probation with no criminal record


A St. Louis County man was charged with Robbery 1st Degree and armed criminal action after allegedly walking into a drug store, brandishing a weapon, and demanding all the money. The robbery charge carried a minimum ten year sentence and the armed criminal action carried a minimum three year sentence.  To complicate matters, the incident was captured on video and our client made a partial confession. We were able to persuade the judge that there was much more to the story than meets the eye and to reduce our client’s bond. After getting our client out on bond, we picked apart the State’s case and spent a year going back in forth with the prosecution. Ultimately, we persuaded the prosecutor to dismiss the ACA charge and to allow our client to “blind plea” (meaning the judge decides) to a reduced robbery charge. After presenting the court with the progress our client had made since being released on bond, the judge agreed to give him an SIS (Suspended Imposition of Sentence) probation. As a result, client will not have a felony conviction on his record.