Robbery is a violent crime in Florida because of the way it is done. Since this crime involves using or threatening violence against someone else, the state takes it very seriously when it comes to prosecuting it. Because of this, being found guilty of this crime has serious consequences, which is why you should hire a robbery lawyer who knows how to defend you against these charges.
In Florida, stealing from someone else is a felony. Without quick and aggressive legal help, these charges can lead to harsh punishments like long prison terms, large fines, and other things that could hurt your life and the lives of those you love.
If you've been accused of robbery in Florida, you should find a strong and convincing defense to help you win. The theft lawyers at The Arroyo Firm have been helping people who are facing criminal charges for more than 30 years. Contact us, and we'll fight to protect your rights and record.
Sentences for Robbery in Florida Based on Use of Gun and Degree of Harm.
In Florida, stealing from someone is a felony. Charges for this crime can range from a third-degree felony to a first-degree felony, depending on how bad it was. This means that if you are found guilty of robbery, you could get anywhere from 5 years to life in prison. Fines range between $5,000 and $15,000.
If the criminal was carrying a gun at the time of the crime, Florida could give him or her a mandatory minimum sentence:
10 years in prison if the person was caught with a gun that was not fired.
If a gun was fired during the robbery, the sentence is 20 years.
If a person fired a gun and hurt or killed someone, they would get 25 years in prison.
In addition, the person could get probation or house arrest, a permanent criminal record, and could lose the right to own a gun or vote. They could also have to pay restitution and court fines.
Florida Statute 812.13(1) defines robbery as taking property by force or threat, a violent form of theft resulting in a felony charge
"Robbery" is defined by Florida Statute 812.13(1) as taking money or other things from someone by force, violence, or threats. Robbery is a violent form of theft against another person. Because of this, it is a felony crime. How bad the punishments are depends on what kind of force was used.
To put it simply, a person commits robbery when he or she takes someone else's property by force or threats. This is a felony because it is a violent crime, and the lowest charge is a third-degree felony. But if your situation gets worse, your charges and penalties may go up.
Some things that can make the situation worse, but not all of them, are:
Having or using a gun or other dangerous weapon.
How badly the victim was hurt and how badly they were hurt.
Having been convicted of a violent crime before.
The level of violence or intimidation that was used during the crime.
Along with the theft, other crimes or felonies were done (such as assault).
When it comes to robbery, the level of charges depends on what kind of force was used. For example, a robbery where the offender threatened the victim with a gun is worse than one where the offender didn't have a gun.
Even the least serious robbery charges come with long prison terms and large fines. So, if you're accused of something like this, you shouldn't leave your future to chance.
Common Defenses to Robbery Charges: Alibi and Mistaken Identity, Afterthought, Claim of Right
The most common way to get out of a robbery charge is to say that the person was somewhere else at the time of the crime. This is called an alibi. A similar defense is mistaken identity, which means that the victim did not recognize the person who did the wrongdoing. Additional defenses are:
Afterthought: If you got into a fight with someone and then took money or property from him, it might be theft but not robbery.
Claim of right: If you had a good reason to think you were entitled to the property, taking it back would not be stealing. For instance, if you saw someone steal your bike and then later saw someone riding a bike that looked like yours, that would be enough to prove that the property didn't belong to the thief. Still, you could be charged with assault and battery.
Duress: You can't be guilty of a robbery you didn't want to do because you didn't have the necessary intent. If someone said, "If you rob this store, I'll shoot your daughter," and you had good reason to believe the threat was real, you would not be guilty of robbery.
Get Complete Defense Services for Robbery Charges in Florida with Arroyo Law Firm
Due to its violent nature, robbery crimes in Florida can result in severe penalties. Nevertheless, there are different defense strategies to fight these charges. Talk to a robbery lawyer if you want to find out what you can do about your case.
Here at the Arroyo Law Firm, we offer complete defense services and inexpensive payment plans to help offenders defend their rights. For a free case evaluation, reach out to us online or by phone at 407-770-9000. Knowing your alternatives won't cost you anything, even if you decide not to hire us.