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Robbery is a serious violent offense, and Florida laws treat it as such. If you are accused of robbery, you could be facing severe penalties, including prison time and a permanent criminal record. When you are up against potential consequences like these, you need someone on your side with your best interests in mind. We may be able to help.
Robbery is different from basic theft charges in that there is an element of violence. This makes the crime more serious than theft and it is therefore treated so by prosecutors and judges. If you are accused of robbery, a local defense attorney can help you determine the best course of action to minimize these potentially life changing repercussions.
From a plea bargain that helps you avoid a long prison sentence, to a potential acquittal—your attorney can help you decide how best to handle the charges against you.
Under Florida criminal statutes Chapter 812, Section 13, robbery is defined as:
The taking of money or other property from a person with intent to deprive the person or owner of the property (whether permanently or temporarily) where there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear.
The exact charge you face and the potential penalty it carries depends on the specific circumstances of your case.
If you are armed with a weapon at the time of the offense, you will be charged with a 1st Degree Felony and face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
If you are not armed, you will be charged with a 2nd Degree Felony and face up to 15 years in prison.
No matter what classification you are charged with, you could also be fined up to $10,000 if convicted.
The best defense strategy for your case depends on the facts of your case and the evidence the prosecution has against you.
The vast majority of criminal cases end in a plea agreement. If it’s determined that this is a smart resolution for your case, your attorney will fight to minimize or potentially eliminate any periods of incarcerations that you might face.
In some cases it is the physical evidence that can potentially seal a conviction. If so, your attorney will investigate the evidence, how it was seized, and the protocol followed by the police in the handling of the evidence. If it can be determined that the evidence was seized unlawfully, it could be ruled inadmissible in court and your charges eventually dismissed.
The first step in a positive resolution of your case is a consultation with a local defense lawyer. Contact our offices today to discuss your charges and how we might be able to help.
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