If you have a robbery charge or the police suspect you committed a robbery, your freedom is at risk.
Even if the charges don’t involve a weapon, a conviction for a strong-arm robbery still carries a severe penalty.
You will need a lawyer who can meet the challenges you face head-on to help safeguard your future.
The Orlando criminal defense attorneys from Moses & Rooth have the experience you need and the skills you can trust to help you.
By using their skill, knowledge, and decades of combined experience, Moses & Rooth will fight to protect your freedom.
What Are Strong-Arm Robbery Charges in Orlando, FL?
Strong-arm robbery, sometimes called “unarmed” robbery, is one in a list of violent crimes that fall under Florida’s robbery statute.
Strong-arm robbery means taking another’s property with the intent to deprive the person of the money or property.
Committing a robbery requires the assailant to intend to deprive the victim of the property either permanently or temporarily.
Additionally, the assailant must take the property by threat of force, violence, assault, or otherwise putting the victim in fear, but without the use of a weapon.
Strong-arm robbery is a second-degree felony in Florida. A person convicted of strong-arm robbery faces up to 15 years in state prison.
Also, the court could assess a fine of no more than $10,000. Finally, a conviction for strong-arm robbery could subject you to prosecution as a violent criminal.
Armed Robbery Charges in Orlando, FL
Robbery with a deadly weapon, firearm, or other weapon is armed robbery.
The elements of armed robbery are the same as strong-arm robbery, except that armed robbery has the additional element of using, displaying, or possessing a weapon in the course of committing the robbery.
Therefore, an armed robbery occurs if the assailant possesses a weapon while attempting to commit a robbery, during the armed robbery, or while fleeing from the robbery scene.
The penalties for armed robbery are more severe than for strong-arm robbery. Possessing a firearm or other deadly weapon, such as a knife, is a first-degree felony.
The punishment for committing an armed robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon is any term of years up to life in prison.
There is a fine of up to $10,000, and the offender faces an enhanced prison sentence as a violent criminal.
Carrying a non-deadly weapon during the commission of a robbery is also a first-degree felony.
However, the maximum prison sentence is 30 years in state prison. The fine is up to $10,000, and the person could face an enhanced punishment as a habitual offender.
Other Violent Crimes Involving Robbery in Florida
Robbery by sudden snatching under Florida law means taking property from the “victim’s person” with the intent to deprive the owner of the stolen property.
The statute requires that the victim became aware that someone tried taking their property while the person committed the act.
The most common example of this crime would be purse snatching.
Taking someone’s cash while they walked away from an ATM or taking a cellphone out of a person’s hand are two additional examples of robbery by sudden snatching.
The prosecution does not have to prove that the assailant used force to steal the property.
The law simply requires the prosecution to show that the amount of force used was sufficient to commit the crime.
Also, the law does not require the victim to suffer an injury or put up any resistance.
Committing a robbery by sudden snatching while in possession of a firearm or other deadly weapon is a second-degree felony.
The maximum penalty is a 15-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine. You may also qualify for prosecution as a habitual criminal.
Committing a robbery by sudden snatching is a felony in the third degree if the assailant does not possess a deadly weapon.
The maximum penalty is five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Florida’s habitual criminal law applies to this crime as well.
Robbery by home invasion is another violent crime. Home invasion robbery entails entering another’s home with the intent to rob the occupants of the dwelling.
Home invasion robbery is a first-degree felony. The maximum punishment is life in prison for committing a home invasion robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon.
Otherwise, the maximum penalty is 30 years in state prison, a $10,000 fine, and prosecution as a habitual criminal.
Violent Crimes Defense in Orlando, Florida
If you face robbery charges in the Orlando area, you should align yourself with a highly experienced defense attorney to help you avoid the harsh penalties robbery carries.
Moses & Rooth’s criminal defense lawyers have nearly 40 years of combined experience as prosecutors and now as staunch advocates for the accused.
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