Learn about Robbery offenses in Florida, including the definitions and statutes as well as the types of robbery, penalties and sentences that defendants face after being charged with this offense.
Due to its characteristics, Florida classifies robbery as a violent crime. Since this offense implies the use or threat of violence to another person, the state takes the prosecution of these crimes very seriously. As a result, a conviction for this crime leads to severe consequences, which is why you should retain the help of a robbery lawyer that knows how to fight these charges.
A robbery offense in Florida is classified as a felony. Without timely and aggressive legal representation, these charges can result in stiff penalties including long prison terms, excessive fines, among other penalties that could negatively affect your life and your loved one’s.
If you have been accused of robbery in Florida, seek strong and compelling defense to secure a positive outcome. The theft attorneys at Goldman Wetzel have over 30 years of combined experience representing clients facing criminal charges in Pinellas, Manatee, and Hillsborough County. Get in touch with us and we will fight to protect your record and rights.
Definition of Robbery in Florida
Florida Statute §812.13(1) defines “robbery” as taking money or other property from a person by using force, violence, or threats. A robbery offense is a violent form of theft against another person, therefore, is classified as a felony offense. The severity of the penalties depends on the type of force used.
In simple terms, a person commits robbery when he or she uses violence or threats to take someone’s property. As a violent crime, this offense is considered a felony, and the lowest charge is a third-degree felony. However, aggravating circumstances can escalate your charges and penalties.
Some aggravating factors to take into consideration include, but are not limited to:
- Possession or use of a firearm or deadly weapon.
- Bodily harm to the victim and severity of the injuries.
- Prior convictions for a violent crime.
- Degree of violence or intimidation used during the course of the offense.
- Other felonies or crimes were committed along with the robbery (such as assault).
When it comes to robbery offenses, the type of force used determines the severity of the charges. For example, an armed robbery where a weapon was used to threaten the victim is more severe than a robbery where the defendant did not carry a gun.
Even the lowest robbery charges carry a severe imprisonment sentence and steep fines. So if you are facing this type of allegation, you should not leave your future up to chance. The experienced robbery lawyers at Goldman Wetzel can help you understand, navigate the legal system and fight your charges.
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Types of Robbery
Based on the characteristics of the offense, there are different types of robbery offenses in Florida. Some of them include:
- Armed robbery: as its name suggests, this offense implies that the defendant either used or carried a gun during the crime. An armed robbery in Florida is not only limited to firearms, but it also includes any deadly weapon that can be used to harm the victim.
- Strong-arm robbery: this is a severe form of robbery that implies the use of force, violence, or threats during the crime. Unlike robbery with a firearm (armed robbery), the defendant did not carry or use a gun when charged with this type of offense. It is an unarmed robbery.
- Home invasion robbery: defined by Statute § 812.135, in Florida, a home invasion robbery occurs when the offender enters a dwelling and robs the occupants. Due to their similarities, this offense is easily confused with burglary. Nevertheless, as a robbery offense, home invasion has a violent nature.
- Carjacking: as a broad definition, carjacking in Florida is the crime of robbing a car from a person by using violence, force, or threats. Carrying a firearm or a deadly weapon will increase the penalties for this offense.
- Robbery by sudden snatching: Florida Statute §812.131 establishes that this type of robbery is distinct from others because, during the course of the crime, the victim becomes aware of the taking. There is not excessive use of violence beyond what is necessary to take the item. An example of this crime is purse snatching.
Related Resource: Difference Between Robbery and Burglary
Robbery Sentence in Florida
A robbery offense in Florida is considered a felony. Depending on the severity of the crime, charges for this offense can vary from a third-degree to a first-degree felony. This means that the prison sentence for a robbery conviction ranges from 5 years to life imprisonment. Fines fluctuate from $5,000 up to $15,000.
Sentences for robbery crimes in Florida
|Type of robbery||Category||Maximum fine||Maximum imprisonment|
|Robbery by sudden snatching (low level of violence)||3rd degree felony||$5,000||5 years|
|Robbery without weapons (strong arm robbery)||2nd degree felony||$10,000||15 years|
|Armed robbery with a deadly weapon||1st degree felony||$10,000||Life imprisonment|
|Armed robbery with a weapon||1st degree felony||$10,000||30 years|
|Home invasion robbery with a weapon||1st degree felony||$10,000||30 years|
|Home invasion with a deadly weapon||1st degree felony||$10,000||Life imprisonment|
|Carjacking (no weapon)||1st degree felony||$10,000||30 years|
|Carjacking + deadly weapon||1st degree felony||$10,000||Life imprisonment|
If during the crime the offender carried a firearm, Florida might impose a mandatory minimum sentence:
- 10 years imprisonment if the defendant possessed a firearm but was not discharged.
- 20 years if a firearm was discharged during the robbery.
- 25 years imprisonment if the offender discharged a firearm and injured or killed someone.
Additionally penalties might include probation or house arrest, a permanent criminal record, possible loss of the right to own a gun or vote, and pay restitution and court fines. If you have been arrested for a robbery allegation, the Goldman Wetzel criminal attorneys can help you prepare a strong legal defense to achieve the best outcome possible.
Speak to a Robbery Lawyer
Due to its violent nature, robbery crimes in Florida can result in severe penalties. Nevertheless, there are different defense strategies to fight these charges. If you want to explore the possible avenues for your case, you should consult a robbery lawyer.
The criminal lawyers at Goldman Wetzel represent clients facing charges for criminal offenses in St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa, Clearwater, and surrounding areas.
If you or a loved one have been accused of robbery, speak to the Goldman Wetzel attorneys to know what your legal options are. To schedule a free no-obligation consultation, call at (727) 828-3900 or send us a message via our contact form.