Unlike other theft crimes such as larceny and burglary, Florida considers robbery a violent offense because it involves force or fear. Prosecutors take robbery cases very seriously and usually try to obtain maximum penalties when the court convicts defendants.
If you or a loved one is facing robbery charges in Sarasota, contact our defense attorneys for a free, informative legal consultation. Our robbery lawyers in Sarasota, FL have successfully helped numerous clients facing serious charges such as robbery. Get help today. Call Goldman Wetzel at 941-405-5193.
Florida Statutes Definition of Robbery
Florida Statute § 812.13(1) defines robbery as:
The taking of money or other property which may be the subject of larceny 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.
In addition to robbery, Florida criminalizes purse snatching in Florida Statute § 812.131. When the offender allegedly takes “money or other property from the victim’s person with intent to permanently or temporarily deprive the victim or the owner of the money or other property, and when, in the course of the taking, the victim was or became aware of the taking,” the state will likely file robbery by sudden snatching charges against the alleged offender.
The state categorizes all general robbery offenses as either first or second degree:
- First-degree robbery: When the offender carries a deadly weapon or firearm during the commission of a robbery, the state considers the offense a first-degree felony.
- Second-degree robbery: When the offender does not carry a weapon or firearm during the commission of a robbery, the state considers it a lesser, second-degree felony offense.
Penalties for Robbery in Florida
The potential penalties an offender faces for robbery depends on the charges:
- First-degree robbery: Up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
- Second-degree robbery: Up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
- Robbery by sudden snatching: Up to 15 years in prison if the offender had a firearm or weapon during the incident, or up to five years in prison if he did not use a gun or weapon.
Consequences for a robbery conviction also include probation and related fees, restitution, a permanent criminal record, and loss of certain civil rights and privileges. Many defendants with robbery charges also face additional associated charges, such as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault and battery, attempted murder, etc.
If you have been charged with robbery, protect your interests by speaking to one of our criminal attorneys straightaway. We can take certain measures to try to convince the court to throw out the case or at least lower the charges and mitigate the penalties. Call 941-405-5193.
Analyzing the State’s Case Against You
Analyzing the state’s evidence against you will be one of our first endeavors when you enlist the help of Goldman Wetzel. If the prosecution team cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed robbery, the court cannot convict you.
We will comb through your file, look at the evidence against you, and identify any gaps, mistakes, or inconsistencies. Then, we will work to expose the issues to bolster your case. For instance:
- Direct evidence: Direct evidence, e.g., witness testimony, can prove flimsy in robbery cases. If the state has direct evidence against you, we might tackle it by delving into the witnesses’ motives or credibility, such as their mental health record or substance abuse issues. In some cases, we can question the validity of the witness’ account, i.e., unreliability due to distance from the alleged crime, flawed memory, etc.
- Circumstantial evidence: We can also challenge circumstantial evidence, such as DNA evidence, photographs, fingerprints, and stolen goods in the defendant’s possession. We can argue that the evidence does not justify robbery charges or argue against the accuracy and reliability of the evidence, such as due to improper evidence preservation.
Ways Goldman Wetzel Robbery Lawyers Can Help
As we mentioned above, the State Attorney’s Office diligently prosecutes robbery cases because of the violent nature of the offense. The state puts significant effort and manpower into preparing for a robbery trial, hoping for a win. This diligent preparation on the other side makes it all the more important for defendants to hire a lawyer to represent them and advocate on their behalf.
Our lawyers can handle any robbery case in Sarasota, no matter how challenging the situation. Attorney Summer Goldman has spent time on both the prosecution and defense, and attorney Maribeth Wetzel is a career defense attorney.
With over 30 years of combined experience, they have developed an arsenal of investigative and trial preparation skills, defense strategies, and a creative, aggressive approach to criminal defense that serves our clients well.
When you entrust your case to our robbery defense team, you can count on us to:
- Thoroughly evaluate your file and look for cracks in the state’s case;
- Brainstorm defense strategies and get your input;
- Explain what you are up against and what your best- and worst-case scenarios are;
- Ensure the authorities uphold your rights and help you to exercise them appropriately;
- Fervently represent you at all your hearings;
- Negotiate with the prosecutor, if appropriate;
- File motions and do other pre-trial work that can benefit your case;
- Keep you updated on any changes in your case and check-in with you regularly; and
- Fight to preserve your freedoms from initial arrest until the case concludes.
Discuss your case with our robbery attorneys in Sarasota. Call 941-405-5193 for a free consultation today.