How Common is Robbery in South Florida?
Surprisingly, robbery has one of the lowest index of crimes that occur in South Florida in comparison to violent crimes like aggravated assault, and property crimes like theft and burglary. It may be a sign of the times however because the rate of robbery in South Florida is increasing since the year 2010. Robbery is a crime that unfortunately happens every day no matter what county you are in. Just today in WPTV News, there were two separate stories on robbery. One occurred at a Papa John’s, the other at a Burger King.
Robbery in South Florida
According to WPTV News, a Papa John’s was the recent victim of a robbery and authorities are still looking for the perpetrator. A man walked into the store, grabbed a pizza costume, put it on, and walked out. Another article discusses how a man lingering outside of a Burger King in Fort Lauderdale at 6:30 a.m. jumped onto a customer’s vehicle and dove through the drive through window to steal cash from the register. The cashier managed to grab the robber and hold him down until others could help. Authorities arrived shortly and apprehended the man.
These types of crimes happen so often it is certainly keeping every South Florida criminal defense lawyer busy. If you have been accused of robbery, whether it is strong-armed robbery or not, you could be facing serious consequences. According to Florida Statute 812.13, Robbery is defined 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.”
If a deadly weapon was used, the robbery is a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison.
Robbery Criminal Defense
Being convicted of robbery is something you simply cannot afford. In addition to a severe prison sentence there are an immense amount of fees and fines you will have to pay as well. Only a South Florida criminal defense lawyer can help you in this situation. If you have been arrested, make sure you call a lawyer immediately.