Robbery, considered a serious violent crime, can mean decades of imprisonment if convicted. In many cases, it means a mandatory minimum sentence, as well.
If you or a loved one has been accused of or arrested for robbery, talk to one of our robbery lawyers in Pinellas County, FL at Goldman Wetzel about your case. We can explain your rights and legal options, and counsel you on how to move forward to try to clear your name and avoid prison time or at least lower the penalties. Call 727-828-3900 for a free consultation.
What to Do When Facing Robbery Charges
If officers have arrested you for robbery, do the following to avoid making the situation worse:
- Stay calm. Do not act aggressively towards law enforcement or argue. This can result in additional charges. Calmly exercising your rights can produce better results.
- Do not provide information to investigators without an attorney. Before agreeing to questioning, inform the authorities that you want to speak to your attorney. If you do not have one yet, our lawyers in Pinellas County can help.
- Learn what you are up against and what to do. Your Goldman Wetzel lawyer will review your case, explain your legal options, and tell you what you the next steps are.
- Work closely with Goldman Wetzel on your defense plan. After retaining us, we will jump into action and begin a strategic plan of defense. We will attend all court appearances with you and work behind the scenes to preserve your rights and freedom.
Types of Robbery Cases Goldman Wetzel Handles
Florida recognizes several different types of robbery offenses, categorizing them according to the factors involved. The criminal attorneys at Goldman Wetzel can handle even the most challenging cases. They have over three decades of combined experience helping people in the legal system, including defendants charged with serious theft crimes, such as robbery, burglary, and grand theft.
Our aggressive defense team has the skills and strategies to effectively manage any type of robbery case in Pinellas County and throughout the state of Florida, including:
- Strong-arm robbery
- Robbery with a deadly weapon
- Robbery with a firearm
- Attempted robbery
- Sudden snatching
- Home invasion robbery
Potential Penalties and Consequences for Robbery Conviction
Florida doles out harsh criminal punishments for robbery. The penalties depend on the charges the prosecutor files. Below are a few consequences of a robbery conviction:
- Five years to life in prison (The length of the sentence depends on the charge. For example, robbery by sudden snatching without a weapon carries a maximum sentence of five years, whereas robbery with a firearm can mean up to life in prison.)
- Probation and house arrest
- Restitution and fines
- Loss of civil rights, e.g., the right to own a gun and the right to vote
- Permanent criminal record
Our team will sit down and tell you exactly what you are up against, which defenses you have available, and what the best- and worst-case scenarios for your situation are.
Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Robbery Charges
Florida Statute § 775.087(2)(a)(1) provides that if a person commits robbery or home invasion robbery and does so while possessing a firearm, the court must order a mandatory minimum sentence. The length of the minimum sentence depends on how the defendant used the weapons during the robbery.
In these cases, judges must adhere to the following minimums:
- 10-year minimum: The defendant had a firearm in his possession but did not discharge it.
- 15-year minimum: The defendant possessed a semiautomatic firearm and its high-capacity detachable box magazine or a machine gun.
- 20-year minimum: The defendant discharged a firearm during the robbery.
- 25-year minimum: The defendant discharged the firearm during the robbery and injured or killed someone.
Available Defenses to Robbery
Numerous defenses might work to fight robbery charges. For a negative defense (where you claim you are innocent and did not commit the offense), we can try to pick apart the state’s evidence and point out errors or flaws in its case. We can also look for evidence to support your innocence, such as an alibi, video footage, or forensics.
In other cases, affirmative defenses (where you claim you took the property, but it did not meet the definition of the robbery charges) may work better. Examples include the following:
- You thought the property was yours;
- You carried out the robbery, but you did not have the weapon the state alleges you possessed;
- You took the property, but you had no intention of stealing it;
- You did not use force to take the property.
Each case is unique. Our defense team will comb through the facts of your case, determine the best approach, and collaborate with you to develop a solid defense.
How Goldman Wetzel Can Help with Robbery Charges
Goldman Wetzel can provide the legal support and advocacy you need when facing serious charges such as robbery. Summer Goldman and Maribeth Wetzel collaborate on each case our firm represents. This means effective, powerful legal counsel for each of our clients.
Our team will fight tooth and nail for the best possible outcome for you, walking you through each step of the justice process. This includes everything from attending your first appearance and arraignment to negotiating a plea bargain or crafting a solid defense for trial.
In the face of robbery charges and severe penalties, you are bound to have questions. Rest assured, we will make ourselves available when you need us. Our staff will keep you informed of the status of your case and answer any questions you may have along the way.
FREE Consult with a Robbery Defense Lawyer in Pinellas County, FL
The more time we have to work on your case, the better. Call us today at 727-828-3900 for a free consultation with a robbery defense lawyer that handles cases in Pinellas County, FL.