South Floridians can be charged with robbery in Florida if they are alleged to have taken money or property from another individual with physical force or the threat of violence. This is a felony offense and the penalties may be aggravated if a firearm or other type of weapon was used in the commission of the crime.
A person charged with this crime can also face additional offenses relating to their actions prior to or after the alleged criminal action. State prosecutors will generally pursue much stiffer sentences in robbery cases than they do against individuals accused of burglary or theft.
West Palm Beach Robbery Lawyer
If you have been charged with this crime in Florida, it is important to immediately seek legal representation. Andrew D. Stine, P.A. defends clients against criminal charges in West Palm Beach and surrounding cities like Palm Beach Gardens, Greenacres, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Lake Worth.
Andrew Stine’s more than a decade of legal experience includes tenures in the New Haven Public Defenders Office and the Palm Beach County Appellate Division. He will review your case and help you understand your legal options when you call 561.880.4300 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Information About Robbery in Palm Beach County
- How many different offenses are there for this crime?
- What is the difference between this charge and burglary or theft?
- What kinds of fines and/or jail time do I face if convicted?
- Are there legal defenses to these charges?
There are four different offenses relating to this crime listed in Chapter 812 under Title XLVI of the Florida Statutes:
- Robbery (Florida Statute § 812.13) — Using force, violence, assault, or putting in fear when taking money or other property from an individual, with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive that person of the money or other property. If the alleged offender was carrying a firearm or other weapon, then this is a first-degree felony. If the alleged offender was not carrying a firearm or other weapon, then the offenses is a second-degree felony.
- Robbery by sudden snatching (Florida Statute § 812.131) — Taking money or other property from an individual, with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive that person of the money or other property, but it is not required to show that the alleged offender used any force to obtain possession or the victim offered any resistance or sustained any injuries. If the alleged offender was carrying a firearm or other weapon, then this is a second-degree felony. If the alleged offender was not carrying a firearm or other weapon, then the offenses is a third-degree felony.
- Carjacking (Florida Statute § 812.133) — Taking a motor vehicle from an individual, with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive that person of the motor vehicle. This is a first-degree felony, regardless of whether the alleged offender was carrying a firearm or other weapon.
- Home-invasion robbery (Florida Statute § 812.135) — Entering a dwelling with the intent to commit a robbery and committing a robbery. This is a first-degree felony, regardless of whether the alleged offender was carrying a firearm or other weapon.
It is important to understand the distinctions between charges relating to the unlawful taking of money or other property in Florida:
- Theft — The least serious of these crimes, theft typically involves an alleged offender taking another person’s money or property without any physical force or threats of violence, often when the owner of the money or property is not present.
- Burglary — An alleged offender can be charged with burglary for unlawful entry into an unoccupied home or other building with the intent to commit a crime, although the actual taking of the property does not have to occur in order to result in these charges.
- Robbery — The most serious of the three charges, robbery involves using force or the threat of violence to another person’s money or property when that person is present.
All these types of crimes are felony offenses that carry significant consequences:
- Third-degree felony — Maximum fine of $5,000 and/or five years in prison
- Second-degree felony — Maximum fine of $10,000 and/or 15 years in prison
- First-degree felony — Maximum fine of $10,000 and/or 30 years in prison
The severe nature of these charges require a strong defense. There are multiple options that may be available, depending on the unique circumstances of your own case. Some possible defenses can include, but are not limited to:
- You are the victim of mistaken identity
- You did not take the money or property from the alleged victim’s person or in their physical presence
- You did not use firearm or other weapon
- You did not use violence or fear
- You had legitimate ownership or other right of possession claim to money or property
- You had the alleged victim’s consent to take the money or property
- You have been falsely accused
Find the Best Robbery Lawyer in West Palm Beach
Do not delay in seeking the help of an experienced robbery defense attorney if you are facing these charges. Andrew D. Stine, P.A. represents clients facing criminal charges throughout Palm Beach County, including the communities of Jupiter, Lake Park, Royal Palm Beach, Lantana, Wellington, and Pahokee.
Call 561.880.4300 right now to take advantage of a free consultation to discuss you case with Andrew Stine. He can develop the strongest possible defense and work to help you achieve the most favorable outcome to your case with the fewest possible consequences.