Robbery is a type of theft crime in which an individual obtains money or property from another through force, violence, or the threat of force or violence. Because of this, robbery is viewed as a violent crime and is charged as a felony. As such, a robbery conviction carries harsh criminal penalties, including anywhere from 5 years to life in prison.
If you or someone you love has been arrested for or charged with the crime of robbery, it is critical that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer right away. You want an attorney who can stand by your side and fight aggressively for your rights throughout the legal process.
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How Does Florida Define Robbery?
Under Florida Statute 812.13, robbery involves the taking of money or other property from another through the use of force or threat. The actual or threatened use of force or violence is what sets robbery apart from other theft charges, making it a violent offense.
Note that the threat of force does not necessarily need to be explicit; even an implied threat of force or violence during the commission of a theft crime may result in a robbery charge if the victim of the alleged crime reasonably believed that the defendant had the means to cause harm.
Some examples of robbery include:
- Purse snatching
- Bank robbery
The use of a weapon raises the charge from a second-degree felony to a first-degree felony. Depending on the circumstances, the charge may be raised to a life imprisonment offense.
If you are suspected of robbery, it is important that you do not talk with the police until you have consulted a lawyer who can advise you of your rights and options. Remember, you have the right to remain silent—and you should assert this right when interacting with law enforcement. Anything you say can and will be used against you in the prosecution’s case. While it can be tempting to try to explain yourself, you should always remain silent until you can speak to a lawyer.
What Are the Penalties for Robbery?
The penalties for robbery in Florida depend on the specific details of the alleged offense. For example, if a weapon was carried or used in the commission of the crime, the penalties will likely be enhanced.
In many cases, Florida has mandatory minimum sentences for different types of robbery crimes. These include:
- 10 years in prison when the defendant had a firearm, but it was not discharged
- 20 years in prison when the defendant had a firearm, and it was discharged
- 25 years in prison when the defendant had a firearm, it was discharged, and someone was injured or killed
In certain situations, a conviction can carry penalties ranging up to life in prison. Specifically, armed robbery with a deadly weapon and carjacking with a deadly weapon may result in life imprisonment in addition to various fines and other penalties, such as probation.
Get a Free Consultation with an Orlando Robbery Defense Attorney
Whether you are simply being investigated or have already been charged with a crime, time is of the essence. It is very important that you get in touch with the attorneys at Ali & Blankner for help with your robbery defense. The prosecution is likely already building its case against you; you need someone on your side who is equally ready to spring into action to protect your rights.
At Ali & Blankner, our Orlando robbery attorneys have earned the prestigious AV® peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, and our firm has been listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. We dedicate a significant portion of our practice to criminal defense, allowing us to focus our efforts, resources, and experience in this area of law. With over 85 years of combined experience, we have handled numerous robbery cases just like yours.
We offer flexible payment plans and will work with you on financial arrangements. Learn more about the philosophy of the firm and how we will aggressively fight for you by visiting our About Us page. For a free initial consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, contact Ali & Blankner today.
We have over 85 years of collective experience handling all types of criminal matters, including defending clients throughout Florida against serious theft charges, such as robbery. We understand the criminal justice system and, as former prosecutors, our Orlando robbery defense attorneys know how the other side operates. We can effectively anticipate the prosecution’s next move and know how to fight back against its charges against you.
There are several different types of robbery, as defined by Florida law. Some of these include:
- Armed Robbery: Armed robbery involves a weapon in the commission of the crime of robbery. Note that an individual does not necessarily need to use or even threaten to use the weapon; simply having a weapon on them is enough to elevate charges to that of armed robbery.
- Carjacking: Carjacking is defined by Florida law as the forceful taking of a car or another motor vehicle through the use of force, violence, or threats of force or violence. Carjacking is often charged with grand theft, in addition to other possible charges.
- Home-Invasion Robbery: Home-invasion robbery occurs when an individual enters a dwelling and robs the occupants through the use of force, violence, or the threat of force or violence. This violent element is what separates home-invasion robbery from burglary.
- Robbery by Sudden Snatching: Commonly referred to as “purse snatching,” but it involves other acts, as well. Robbery by sudden snatching occurs when the victim of the alleged offense becomes aware of the crime as it occurs, but there is typically no excessive use of force.
- Strong-Arm Robbery: Strong-arm robbery occurs when there is actual use of force or violence and/or threats of force or violence during the commission of the crime, but the defendant is not carrying a weapon. In other words, strong-arm robbery is not armed robbery.
The state of Florida takes all types of robbery accusations seriously. Regardless of the charges you are facing, you could be looking at harsh penalties if you are convicted. The best way to protect yourself is to reach out to an experienced attorney, like those at Ali & Blankner, for help with your defense.
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