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Hobbs Act Robbery

Merchant Law Group LLP routinely handles Hobbs Act cases in federal court. If you or a loved one have been charged with Hobbs Act Robbery, contact one of our experienced federal criminal defense lawyers without delay to ensure that you or your loved ones rights are protected.

Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1951, commonly referred to as the Hobbs Act, it is an offense to conspire in any way or degree to obstruct, delay, or affect commerce, or the movement of any article or commodity in commerce, by robbery or extortion. The Hobbs Act, which was passed by congress in 1946, is a broadly drawn statute designed to protect interstate commerce against a wide range of interference by racketeering, blackmail, extortion, violence, and threats. Hobbs Act convictions carry very serious penalties. It is not uncommon for someone who has been charged with a Hobbs Act Robbery to receive a sentence of 20, 30, 40, 50 years, and even life in prison. These sentences are far harsher than those handed out by state courts for similar offenses.

The Hobbs Act provides that acts of robbery or extortion, which are ordinarily punishable under state criminal laws, become federal offenses if they obstruct, delay, or affect commerce. Case law has broadly interpreted the requirement of an effect on commerce, generally requiring only a small obstruction or impact on commerce. As to proof of interference with interstate commerce, courts have repeatedly held that the government need prove that a defendant’s acts had only a slight, subtle, or de minimis effect on interstate commerce in order to satisfy the jurisdictional element.[ Furthermore, in the case of an attempted robbery that is punishable under the Hobbs Act, an actual effect on interstate commerce is not required, if it is shown that the defendants agreed and attempted to do acts that, if successful, would have affected commerce.

If you or a loved one have been charged with Hobbs Act Robbery you should contacted a skilled and experienced Federal Criminal Lawyer without delay to ensure that your rights are protected. Our experienced Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers offer free consultations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are available on short notice.