To understand the crime of robbery, second degree in Alabama, you first need to understand the law of robbery, third degree.
Robbery, third-degree, is the lowest degree of robbery in Alabama; it can be committed in two ways.
A person can commit the crime of robbery, third-degree if, while committing a theft (or attempting to commit a theft), the robber uses force against either the property owner or against anyone present to overcome their physical resistance to the theft.
The second way a person commits robbery, third-degree, is if they threaten the imminent use of force against either the property owner or against another person present to force a person to give up the property or allow the robber to escape with the property.
If the person committing the robbery is aided by another person present, this elevates the robbery from third-degree to robbery second degree; a class B felony the punishment range for a class B felony is 2 to 20 years in the penitentiary is if the person convicted has no prior felony convictions.
To make this law a bit easier to understand, I have paraphrased it a bit. If you'd like to read the actual laws you may do so here:
Robbery in the third degree, Section 13A-8-43
(a) A person commits the crime of robbery in the third degree if in the course of committing a theft he:
(1) Uses force against the person of the owner or any person present with intent to overcome his physical resistance or physical power of resistance; or
(2) Threatens the imminent use of force against the person of the owner or any person present with intent to compel acquiescence to the taking of or escaping with the property.
Robbery in the second degree, Section 13A-8-42
(a) A person commits the crime of robbery in the second degree if he violates Section 13A-8-43 and he is aided by another person actually present.
(b) Robbery in the second degree is a Class B felony.
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