Because Florida labels robbery a serious violent offense, the state will impose significant penalties when the court convicts an offender. While defendants may face various kinds of robbery charges each involving different penalties, most convictions result in years of imprisonment and hefty fines.
However, numerous defense strategies exist that can effectively mitigate a robbery case for a defendant. Call Goldman Wetzel to discuss how we can help. Our robbery lawyers in Tampa, FL can explore legal options with you and determine if we can help get your case dismissed or the penalties lowered. Call us today at 813-391-8051 for a free consultation.
Florida’s 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.
Types of Robbery Charges in Florida
The state categories and punishes robbery offenses according to various factors. Some of the most common robbery charges defendants face in Florida include:
- Robbery with a deadly weapon
- Robbery with a firearm
- Strong arm robbery (offender was unarmed but used force)
- Attempted robbery
- Robbery by sudden snatching (e.g., purse snatching)
- Home invasion robbery (armed or unarmed)
Many people with robbery charges face additional charges, such as resisting arrest, grand theft, battery, or murder. Goldman Wetzel’s attorneys have the defensive knowledge to manage all types of robbery cases and related charges in Tampa and throughout Florida. No matter what your charges entail, our team can help. Call us today to see if our defense services match your needs.
Penalties for Robbery in Florida
The penalties for robbery depend on the exact charges and the level of the offense. For instance:
Robbery with a deadly weapon
This offense is a first-degree felony and the most severe possible charge. Robbery with a gun or other deadly weapon is punishable by up to life imprisonment (up to 40 years).
Robbery with a Weapon
If the offender carried a non-deadly weapon during the robbery, the state still deems it a first-degree felony, but reduces the potential punishment to up to 30 years.
Second-Degree Felony Robbery
Also referred to as “strong-arm robbery,” if the offender did not use a weapon to carry out the robbery, the state considers the offense a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Home Invasion Robbery
Per Florida Statute § 812.135, the charge for home invasion robbery depends on whether or not the offender carried a deadly weapon. In any case, the offense is a first-degree felony, but if the offender carried a deadly weapon, a conviction could result in life imprisonment.
Robbery by Sudden Snatching
Per Florida Statute § 812.131, a third-degree felony and the least severe type of robbery offense, sudden snatching without a deadly weapon is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Of course, multiple charges mean additional and elevated penalties. When you work with our attorneys, we will sit down and explain what you are up against, the best approach for your case, and what you can expect during the court process.
Bonding Out for Robbery Charges
In many criminal cases, the court will set bond for the defendant at the first appearance. However, Florida deems certain serious offenses as “non-bondable,” which means that the state can hold you without bond until trial.
Capital and life felonies are non-bondable — and this includes armed robbery. We know how much your freedom means to you and how much you have on the line. If you or a loved one is being held without bond in Tampa, Goldman Wetzel robbery lawyers can request a specialized bond hearing (an Arthur Hearing), where we can argue for your pretrial release.
Once we have dealt with the bond issue, we can begin working on a comprehensive defense plan that suits your circumstances.
Defenses to Robbery Charges
Attorneys Summer Goldman and Maribeth Wetzel team up for each case we accept, crafting smart, well-rounded defense strategies for our clients. We will explore available defenses to robbery for your situation, depending on the existing evidence and nature of your charges.
First, we will review the state’s case and look for any gaps in evidence, weaknesses, or flaws. In some instances, we may be able to present crucial evidence early on that sways the prosecutor or court to drop your case or reduce the charges. In cases where the state possesses proof against you, we can negotiate for a plea bargain to bring down the charges and penalties.
In affirmative scenarios, potential approaches include defenses such as:
- Mistake: You took the property because you thought it was yours.
- Insufficient evidence: If the state pursues armed robbery charges, we might be able to expose weaknesses in the prosecutor’s arguments, e.g., you did not have the weapon they allege you had during the robbery.
- Lack of intent: For the state to prevail, it must prove that you intended to deprive the person of the property. Perhaps we can show that you took the property but had no intention to steal it (i.e., you took the property by accident).
- No force: You did not use a weapon or force of any kind to take the property.
Free Consult with a Robbery Defense Lawyer in Tampa, FL
If you or a loved one is facing robbery charges, the sooner you put our defense team on the job, the more time we will have to gather evidence and build your case. For a private, informative consultation with our robbery defense lawyers in Tampa, call Goldman Wetzel today at 813-391-8051.