The Law in Plain English – Boca Raton ➔ Boynton ➔ West Palm Beach ➔ Jupiter’s Top Criminal Lawyer Joshua LeRoy, ESQ. on:Robbery – F.S. 812.13
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In Florida, robbery is the intentional taking of property of another person coupled with violence or the threat of violence. It can include knocking a person over to take his or her wallet, walking into a gas station and demanding money while brandishing a gun, and even threaten to punch a person if they don’t give you a dollar. Many different offenses fall under the charge of robbery, such as carjacking (essentially the robbery of a car), home invasion robbery (essentially the robbery from a home), armed robbery (essentially robbery when a weapon is carried or used). It is a crime of violence.
There are many variables in these cases that affect the outcome and possible punishments. One very important variable is whether the defendant was carrying a gun or other deadly weapon during the crime’s commission. The use of a weapon in a robbery is a much more serious crime, and results in harsher sentences. Also, carjacking and home invasion constitute 1st degree felonies, regardless of whether the defendant was carrying a weapon or not. That means that a carjacking and a home invasion are each punishable by up to thirty (30) years in prison, whereas robbery is a 2nd degree felony, and carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 15 years. A second important consideration.
If a firearm is involved, the charge is punishable by life imprisonment, and falls under the 10/20/life sentencing requirements. In other words any robbery where a firearm is used, brandished, or even carried but not used or brandished results in at least a ten (10) year term of imprisonment.
In Palm Beach County, any person charged with any type of robbery charge is offered prison by the State Attorney. The State Attorney prosecutes robbery charges especially vigorously.
What is the definition of robbery according to the state of Florida?
Robbery is taking someone’s property with force or threat, or the intent of taking someone’s property or committing a crime.
Are there any defenses to the charge?
Yes, there are. But your best course of action is to contact our firm and discuss your options with a qualified criminal attorney. The court must prove that you did not have a right to the property, or that consent was not given to you by the owner of the property to use or take said property.
Are there different punishments for a conviction?
Yes, depending on whether you were in possession of a weapon, had intent to use that weapon, or did actually use that weapon, the punishment and degree of felony will change drastically.
Is it possible to get out of the charge?
Contact us to share your information and evidence, and we will point you in the right direction, a conviction isn’t impossible to fight, and we can help.
If you, or someone you know, have been charged with Robbery in Palm Beach County (from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and up to Jupiter), or any of the surrounding areas use the form below to drop me a note. Let me know a bit about yourself, what’s happened, and a good time to contact you.
-Joshua LeRoy, Esq.
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