Because robbery is a serious, violent offense, Florida imposes harsh penalties upon conviction. The potential punishments depend on the circumstances but sentencing typically includes imprisonment and a mandatory minimum term.
If you have been charged with robbery in Bradenton, FL, contact our defense team at Goldman Wetzel. We can take steps to try to get your charges dropped or reduced and the penalties mitigated. Explore defense options today: 941-405-5193. The informative legal consultation is free of charge.
Florida’s Definition of Robbery
Florida Statutes §812.13(1) defines robbery as “taking of money or other property… from the person or custody of another, with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person or the owner of the money or other property, when in the course of the taking there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear.” It is essentially larceny using force or violence.
Robbery vs. Burglary
Robbery differs from burglary in that robbery involves stealing something from someone by using force, while burglary involves breaking and entering with the intent to steal and may or may not include violence.
For instance, stealing a pedestrian’s watch at gunpoint is robbery, while breaking into someone’s home and stealing a watch is burglary.
Goldman Wetzel Fights Robbery Charges in Bradenton
Our criminal defense attorneys have a combined 30 years of experience in the criminal justice system. We accept all types of cases, including violent offenses such as robbery. No matter how dire the situation, our team can provide the legal advice and defense you need when facing potentially devastating charges.
Some of the other types of related charges Goldman Wetzel can help fight include:
- Aggravated robbery;
- Robbery by sudden snatching;
- Home-invasion robbery;
- Grand theft; and
Call us as soon as possible. The sooner we get started, the sooner we can intervene to try to prevent charges or fight to reduce the charges. Call us at 941-405-5193.
Possible Penalties for Robbery in Florida
The penalties a defendant faces for robbery depend on the way in which the state classifies the crime. Classification hinges on factors such as the use of firearms and whether anyone was injured.
General robbery (no weapons)
Up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
Robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon
First degree felony
Enhanced sentence of up to life imprisonment (40 years) and a $10,000 fine
Robbery with a weapon
Up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
NOTE: The defendant does not need to discharge or use the weapon for the state to elevate the robbery to a first-degree felony. Mere possession of a weapon at the time the robbery was committed or while in flight from the scene may warrant elevated charges.
Enhancement of Robbery Charges
Per Florida Statute 775.087(2)(a)(1), also referred to as Florida’s 10/20/Life statute, if the state convicts the defendant of a robbery and the defendant had a firearm (in contrast to an unarmed accomplice or perpetrator), the case is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence.
The mandatory minimum sentence depends on how the defendant allegedly used the firearm during the robbery:
- The defendant possessed a firearm but did not use it during the robbery – 10 years minimum.
- The defendant discharged the firearm during the course of the robbery – 10 years minimum. (This includes firing at objects or in the air.)
- The defendant used the firearm and injured or killed someone – 25 years minimum.
Defending Against Robbery Charges
Florida recognizes several defenses to robbery. Our attorneys can review all the facts of your case and determine a suitable and compelling defense strategy for your circumstances.
To constitute robbery, the prosecutor must prove:
- You took another’s property;
- You had the intent to steal it; and
- You used force, violence, assault, or fear tactics.
We will question the state’s evidence and expose any deficiencies in its case. Did you actually take property? Did you know the property was not yours? Did you take the property without using force? Is there a lack of evidence to prove your identity?
We can look at all these factors and determine the best approach. This might include presenting facts early on and obtaining a dismissal, getting the prosecutor to lower the charges to a lesser offense (e.g., robbery by sudden snatching), securing a plea deal, or fighting for you at trial.
Contact our office at 941-405-5193 and discuss your case with one of our robbery defense attorneys in Bradenton today.
Ways Our Robbery Defense Lawyers Can Help
Criminal defense attorneys Summer Goldman and Maribeth Wetzel will work together on your case, pooling ideas and resources to provide you with an effective defense. We will help at each stage of the justice process, from initial contact with law enforcement to trial.
Step One: Protect your best interests by enlisting the help of our attorneys who can advocate on your behalf. Contact our office and speak with one of our team members about your case.
Step Two: After reviewing the general facts of the case, we will explain in no-nonsense terms what you are facing and what your legal options are. We can also answer any questions you may have and share ways we can help.
Step Three: Once you hire us, we will spring into action and begin taking pivotal steps, such as compiling evidence, negotiating with the prosecutor, filing motions, and building a case. We will keep you abreast of any changes and ensure the authorities uphold your rights throughout the process.
A conviction for robbery will mean extreme penalties. Look into your legal options and secure effective defense and counsel. Call Goldman Wetzel today at 941-405-5193.