Robbery is a serious offense that could result in a significant term of imprisonment. Robbery may be charged as a first or second degree felony depending on the nature of the offense:
- Robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon is a first degree felony and is punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison.
- Robbery with a weapon that is not a firearm or deadly weapon is also a first degree felony, but the maximum penalty is 30 years' imprisonment.
- Robbery without a weapon of any kind is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
- Robbery by sudden snatching is a third degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
If you have been charged with robbery or armed robbery, contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark L. Horwitz. We are dedicated advocates who will work diligently to defend your rights and provide the strong defense you need.
Defenses to a Robbery Charge
Pursuant to Florida law, a person commits robbery if they take the property of another person through the use of violence or fear or sudden snatching. The value of the property is not relevant; even an item of insignificant value could result in a felony robbery charge.
If you have been charged with robbery, there are a number of defenses we may raise on your behalf, including:
- Mistaken identity: You may have been misidentified by a victim, a police artist may have provided a bad sketch or the police may have improperly influenced the victim during the course of a lineup in which you were identified.
- No use of violence or fear: There is a big difference between theft and robbery. You must have taken property that a person was holding or that was in their "custody" as defined by the Florida Statutes.
- No use of a weapon: There may be a question in your case as to whether or not you used a weapon during the commission of a robbery. While a firearm or knife is clearly a weapon, there are other objects that may present a gray area that requires the attention of an experienced defense attorney.
- Sentencing minimization strategies: Certain robbery offenses carry severe mandatory prison sentences. We will fight your charges at trial if necessary to protect your rights or pursue a favorable plea agreement that could result in a significantly reduced sentence.
Contact Our Florida Robbery Defense Attorneys
We defend clients throughout Florida who have been charged with robbery and armed robbery. To schedule a consultation with one of our Orlando robbery defense lawyers, call 407-401-7224 or 866-784-0023. You may also contact us by e-mail.