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How to Deal with Armed Robbery Charges

armed-robbery_180x120-150x120Armed robbery is very prevalent here in South Florida. If you or someone you know has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated robbery, or aggravated battery, consult a criminal defense lawyer to learn more about your options and optimum strategies.

Robbery in the News

According to WPTV News Channel 5, police say a man wearing a pinstripe suit and a pinstripe fedora entered a Bank of America branch on Congress Avenue just before 12:30 and walked out with an undisclosed amount of cash.

In a surveillance photo you can see him stuffing what appears to be stacks of cash into his coat. In another photo he’s seen holding a black and silver revolver.

After he left the bank, the man took off his suit jacket and pants and was last seen wearing jeans and a white T-shirt. He got in an older model white vehicle, possibly a Ford.

Investigators say the man they are looking for is a white male in his late teens, early 20s; at least 5-foot-8, with a slim build and acne or freckles on his face.

The FBI is also investigating the stick-up.

Robbery and the Law

Robbery is defined as the theft or larceny of property or money through the offender’s use of physical force or fear against a victim. When a deadly weapon such as a gun is used or the victim suffers injury, the robbery may be charged as “armed robbery” or “aggravated robbery.”

According to the 2009 Florida Statutes, if in the course of committing the robbery the offender carried a weapon, then the robbery is a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life imprisonment.

Robbery Defense

If you have been charged with armed or aggravated robbery, contact a criminal defense attorney that understands the defense strategies necessary.

A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer encourages his or her clients to immediately complete community service hours, enter a gun safety course and write a letter of apology to the victim. By being proactive, show the prosecution your true character and work with them to reduce some of the consequences.

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