Robbery is the criminal taking of money or property from an individual or custody of another, with intent to either temporarily or permanently deprive the individual or owner of the money or property, by use of force, violence, assault, or instilling fear of physical harm to the victim or those associated with the victim.
If a deadly weapon is not used in the commission of the crime, it is a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable by up to a $10,000 fine, fifteen (15) years prison and/or probation.
If in the course of committing the robbery, the offender carried a non-deadly weapon, then the robbery is a felony of the first degree, punishable by up to $15,000 fine, thirty (30) years prison and/or probation.
If in the course of committing the robbery, the offender carried a firearm or other deadly weapon, then the robbery is a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of thirty (30) years not exceeding life imprisonment.
Robbery and Aggravated Robbery charges are serious crimes which are aggressively prosecuted. Being violent crimes, these crimes are subject to the Federal Three Strikes Law, and Florida’s 10-20-life firearm law (775.08) which mandates:
- A minimum 10 year prison term for certain felonies or attempted felonies in which the offender possesses a firearm or destructive device;
- A minimum 20 year prison term when the firearm is discharged;
- A minimum 25 years to LIFE if someone is injured or killed;
- A minimum 3 year prison term for possession of a firearm by a felon;
- The minimum prison term is to be served consecutively to any other term of imprisonment imposed.
As your legal counsel, we will thoroughly review the evidence against you, witness statements, police reports, and any other relevant factors, such as the circumstances of your arrest and the actions of law enforcement officers. If there are areas to provide reasonable doubt, our goal is to find and present them to the prosecutor, judge and/or jury.
If you have been arrested and charged with a robbery crime, seek the legal advice and representation of an experience robbery defense attorney. At The Law Offices of Peter A. Shapiro & Jonathan D. Wilson, you will work with an experienced lawyer who is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals charged with criminal robbery or any other additional criminal charges throughout the Central Florida area and its surrounding counties.
Call 407.420.1044 to discuss your legal rights, options, and potential robbery crime defense strategies. You may also contact us by filling out our online case evaluation form.