Why Are Pizza Drivers Robbed So Often?
Armed robbery is a first-degree felony in Florida and carries a statutory maximum of 30 years in prison. Unfortunately, our local pizza delivery drivers have been known to be the most vulnerable to armed robberies.
According to an article in WPTV News Channel 5, another pizza deliveryman was robbed, only three days on the job. Oscar Cruz of Palm Beach County, arrived at the house of the order to find a light on and a car in the driveway.
It wasn’t until he reached the front door that he knew something was wrong. The front door had a lock on it, and it was abandoned. Two men appeared and told him to be quiet and get down. They put two guns to his head, according to the article.
They took $200, his cell phone, and his 2003 yellow Nissan Xterra. He’s lucky they didn’t take his life as well. Cruz believes with more foreclosures and criminals desperate for money, pizza drivers need to be more vigilant.
Armed Robbery and the Law
According to Florida law, the maximum sentence for armed robbery is 30 years in prison. It also depends on a lot of factors, including the number of prior convictions, and specifics of the crime. Generally if you have been arrested for armed robbery, a criminal defense lawyer will be able to give you answers to most of your questions.
The minimum sentence for someone convicted of armed robbery is 34.5 months in prison. The use of a semi-automatic firearm can cost someone to 48 months in prison. People convicted of armed robbery are usually released from prison well before their sentence is served, but the sentence cannot be any less than that.
As for trying to get the minimum sentence right off the bat, a criminal defense attorney is your best bet. He or she will build a defense case that will only help the situation and maybe prevent a longer sentence.