Answer: This is considered a robbery with an enhancement for use of a firearm, a very serious crime with a long prison commitment attached to it. Your friend is likely looking at 12 years, minimum. 2 years for the robbery and 10 years for the gun. The fact that the gun may not have been loaded is irrelevant. This is a very serious crime, that requires immediate counsel. Hire an attorney as soon as possible.
Question: ”My 20-year-old friend robbed three people at gunpoint (no bullets inside the gun) and only stole their cellphones. This was not gang related, and there were no injuries. What is the minimum and maximum charge he is looking at?”