Orlando Robbery Defense Lawyer
Robbery, which should not be confused with theft or pickpocketing, is a felony, regardless of the value of property taken. If you have been charged with robbery, with or without a weapon, you need to call our Orlando robbery defense lawyers immediately. It is not uncommon for those who do not seek professional legal representation to be sentenced to half a dozen or more years in prison for a conviction on robbery charges.
Definition of Robbery or “Strong Arm Robbery”
Under Florida state statute 812.13, robbery is defined as the following:
- Taking property from another person with intent to temporarily or permanently deprive them of that property; and
- The defendant uses force, violence, threat of violence, assault, or fear to commit the act.
Three Categories of Robbery
- If the defendant was unarmed during the robbery, they face a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000;
- If the defendant was armed with a weapon (not including a firearm), they face a first degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000; and
- If the defendant was armed with a firearm or other deadly weapon, they face a first degree felony and up to life in prison, with a maximum fine of $10,000.
Robbery By Sudden Snatching
Another form of robbery is called robbery by sudden snatching, and is the same as strong arm robbery except that no force, threat, or violence was used. It is defined as the following under statute 812.13:
- Taking property from a person with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive them of the property, and in the course of the taking, the person becomes aware of the taking.
Sudden snatching is a Class 2 felony if the defendant was armed with a firearm or other deadly weapon, and a Class 3 felony if they were unarmed. Class 3 felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000.
Carjacking and Home Invasion
Two other forms of serious robbery include home invasion robbery and carjacking. Carjacking, which is the theft or attempted theft of a vehicle by use of force, violence, or threat, is a first degree felony if the defendant was not armed with a deadly weapon, and is punishable by life in prison if a weapon was present. Similarly, home invasion robbery is punishable by life in prison whether a weapon was present or not. Home invasion robbery should not be confused with burglary. Home invasion robbery involves entering another’s dwelling unlawfully, and using force, violence, or threat to deprive them of their property.
Call an Orlando Robbery Defense Lawyer For Help Today
Strong arm robbery, robbery by sudden snatching, carjacking, and home invasion robbery are all serious felony offenses, most of which carry long prison sentences. If you have been arrested for any type of robbery charge, you need to contact an attorney at once. Call the O’Mara Law Group today at 407-413-882 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Orlando robbery defense attorneys.