Robbery is a serious allegation, one that comes with harsh consequences in Florida. This charge covers a range of allegations, from purse-snatching to armed mugging, but all of these offenses carry the potential for lengthy jail-times and hefty fines. A robbery conviction will also put a felony charge on your record, which can greatly interfere with employment, housing, and educational opportunities.
An arrest for robbery does not necessarily guarantee a conviction. To fight for a not-guilty verdict or seek to have your charges dropped altogether, the aid of an attorney is invaluable. A skilled lawyer will pursue weakness in the prosecution's case and use every detail surrounding the case to help you avoid a permanent mark on your record.
If you're facing robbery charges in Florida, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC to begin shaping a customized defense to protect your future. Our experienced theft defense attorneys have represented hundreds of men, women, and juveniles and are prepared to use their knowledge of the proceedings to fight for a favorable outcome for you. We understand that felony charges are serious and will affect your future. We're prepared to defend you against serious jail time and hefty fines.
Don't hesitate to call today and schedule a free consultation. We can examine the details of your circumstances and inform you of your options. For clients in the Florida Panhandle, including Destin, Crestview, Vernon, Mary Esther and surrounding areas, we can start building a unique defense for you.
A robbery is defined by Florida Statute 812.13 as the theft of property with the intent to permanently separate it from its owner. The penalties vary greatly for this offense, depending on whether force or a weapon was used and the value of the items stolen.
For a robbery committed without a deadly weapon, the crime is a second-degree felony. Convictions can carry up to 15 years in prison and / or up to $10,000 in fines. In the event that a gun or other deadly weapon was used to threaten a person to give up their belongings, the charge is categorized as a first-degree felony and carries the potential for up to life in prison and / or up to $10,000 in fines.
Sudden snatching is also a type of robbery, most commonly manifested as purse-snatching. Florida Statute 812.131 states that this category applies when the victim of the theft became aware of the crime as it occurred. If a weapon is then used to commit the robbery, the offense is a second-degree felony and can carry consequences of up to 15 years in prison and / or up to $10,000 in fines. Without a weapon involved, the crime is a third-degree felony with up to 5 years in prison and / or up to $5,000 in fines.
Another type of robbery is "home invasion", as outlined by Florida Statute 812.135. This refers to a robbery in which the offender enters the victim's home with the intent to commit robbery and consequently robs the occupants of the home. This differs from breaking and entering in that a human victim is threatened and robbed, as opposed to simply removing possessions from an empty home.
Home invasion is considered a first-degree felony in Florida, with a sentence of up to 30 years in prison and / or up to $10,000 in fines, but if a deadly weapon was used in the robbery, the offender may face up to life in prison.
If you're facing the felony charge of robbery, you need to know that you can count of your attorney to aggressively fight to get the criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Our defense team can use our experience and knowledge to customize a defense that's right for you.
The DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorneys at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC proudly defend clients in the Florida Panhandle, including Destin, Vernon, Laurel Hill, Bonifay, and Westville. Call us today at or submit an online form to schedule your free consultation and start protecting your future.