Facing Armed Robbery Charges in Jacksonville?
Under Florida law, robbery refers to the act of taking money or property from another person. Armed robbery is when a weapon is used to threaten or intimidate the victim with the intent of depriving him or her of the property or money. The use of violence and threats is one of the main factors that differentiate a robbery from a theft or burglary in Florida. Armed robbery is charged as a felony in Florida and prosecutors seek more severe punishment because of the potential for violence and injury.
The Jacksonville defense lawyers at Farah & Farah have presented vigorous defenses on behalf of individuals who have been charged with armed robbery and other crimes involving the use of force. We understand the serious repercussions such charges and potential convictions can have on your life. We do not take the easiest way out. We fight hard for your freedom and to protect your rights every step of the way.
Types of Robbery in Florida
Florida law defines the crime of robbery or strong-arm robbery as “the intentional and unlawful taking of money or property from another person…through the use of force, violence, assault or threat.” Under the law, there are different types of robbery charges that can be filed and all of them can have serious and long-term consequences:
- Robbery by sudden snatching: This is the intentional and unlawful taking of property from another person’s body. For example the act of snatching someone’s purse or snatching someone’s jewelry would fall under this category.
- Robbery with a deadly weapon: This is when robbery is committed while possessing a deadly weapon. A deadly weapon is defined as any object or weapon, which has the potential to cause great bodily injury or death. It is not necessary for the defendant to use the weapon in order to face this charge.
- Robbery with a firearm: A defendant could face additional charges or enhancements if prosecutors allege that a firearm was possessed at the time of the robbery. Again, it is not necessary for the person to have used the firearm as a threat to face this charge.
- Home invasion robbery: This involves entering a dwelling with the intent to commit robbery through the use of force, threat or violence. Potential penalties could increase if a weapon was used in the commission of the home invasion robbery.
Armed Robbery Penalties in Florida
The penalties you could face for armed robbery depend on whether force was used, what type of weapon was involved and if you have previous convictions on your record. If you are convicted of threatening the alleged victim with a firearm during the robbery, you could face a minimum 10-year prison sentence. If you fired the gun but no one was hit, you could face a 20-year minimum sentence. If someone is hit but not killed, you could face between 30 years to life in prison. Because of the violent nature of these crimes, the prosecution may pursue the harshest punishments allowed by law. This is why anyone charged with armed robbery should act quickly to build his or her defense.
Building a Defense
If you have been arrested for armed robbery, make sure you exercise your right to remain silent after asking for an attorney. You are facing life-changing penalties and you don’t want to say something that jeopardizes your case. Your possible defenses may include lack of intent and mistaken identity. You may also argue that you did not actually carry the property away or that you did not intend to deprive the possessor of his or her property. It is also important to review if you used violence or intimidation and if you actually knowingly possessed a dangerous weapon. Every aspect of the case should be broken down and reviewed to determine if you can have the charges reduced or dropped.
The experienced Florida armed robbery defense attorneys at Farah & Farah have a long and successful track record of defending serious charges. We will protect your rights and work to build a solid defense strategy. Please call us at 855-797-9899 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.