Over 90 years of combined criminal defense experience in the Van Nuys and San Fernando courts

Bob Schwartz

Of Counsel

Bob Schwartz has been a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney for 43 years. In 2012, Mr. Schwartz was honored as the Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Garret Weinrieb

Managing Partner

Garret Weinrieb, a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and the University of California, Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa), draws on over 20 years of experience as a Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley criminal defense attorney and litigator to aggressively represent and protect his clients’ rights and interests against all felony and misdemeanor criminal charges.

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Robbery is an extremely serious crime that is charged when someone uses force and/or fear to take another person’s property.  “Force” is usually an assault or battery, and “fear” typically means threatening words or statements. For example, “give me your property or I will hurt you!”

Robbery is a “strike” under California’s Three Strikes Law, and someone convicted of robbery is typically facing a substantial state prison sentence.  While someone charged with robbery can get probation, prosecutors typically seek prison sentences.  Because robbery is considered a “violent felony,” anyone in prison for robbery will serve 85% of their sentence.

There may be very strong defenses in robbery cases.  For example, if a person uses “force” or “fear” against another but does not decide to steal property until after the force or fear is used, that is not a robbery.  The decision to steal must be made before or at the time the force or fear is used.

In other cases, a “robbery” charge may be reduced to a “theft.”  For example, if the force or fear is minimal or the defendant has little to no criminal history, the prosecutor may be swayed to reduce the robbery charge to a theft, which carries far less severe punishments.

At Schwartz & Weinrieb, we regularly defend individuals charged with robbery, carjacking and all other violent theft offenses.  If the prosecution’s evidence does not support a robbery charge we will fight vigorously to get the charges dismissed.  If the prosecution has a strong case with damaging evidence, we will work to reduce any and all potential consequences to our client.

Whether you are looking for a Burbank Criminal Lawyer, Glendale Criminal Attorney, San Fernando Criminal Lawyer, Van Nuys Criminal Attorney or an attorney in other parts of Los Angeles, Schwartz & Weinrieb is ready to aggressively defend against your criminal charges.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, contact a criminal defense attorney from Schwartz & Weinrieb today at (818) 888-2711.

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With over 90 years of combined criminal defense experience, the murder defense legal team at Schwartz & Weinrieb will immediately review all evidence against you. Your case will be an immediate priority and a defense strategy will be determined and immediately employed.


When you have been arrested and charged with a crime in the Van Nuys or San Fernando courthouses, whether a first DUI offense or a serious felony charge, one rule holds true: do not discuss your case or answer questions until you have legal representation.

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