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Robbery in Florida is a serious crime and an individual convicted of robbery can face serious penalties and fines if convicted. Robbery usually involves violence or the threat of violence and the presence of an alleged victim. A gun or weapon used in the commission of a robbery can aggravate the circumstances and increase the punishment. If you have been arrested for a robbery offense, an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side can help you through the stressful legal proceedings.
If you have been charged with a robbery offense, contact the Galigani Law Firm. Dean Galigani will vigorously work to help you avoid the most severe penalties regarding your alleged robbery offense. The Galigani Law Firm represents individuals who have been charged with robbery offense throughout Florida, including Lake City and Ocala. Contact the Galigani Law Firm for a free consultation today at (352) 375-0812.
In the state of Florida, robbery means the taking of money or property with the intent to permanently or temporarily keep it from the rightful owner, usually by using force, violence or threats, according to Fla. Stat. § 812.13.
The penalties of a robbery offense will vary depending on whether a weapon was present during the commission of the alleged crime.
A charge of robbery with the use of a firearm, weapon or deadly weapon can result in a felony of the first degree conviction. A felony of the first degree can carry a sentence of up 30 years to life in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.
A robbery offense without the use of a firearm, deadly weapon or other weapon can result in a felony of the second degree conviction, which can carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.
Robbery by sudden snatching can occur when, during the robbery, the alleged victim was aware or became aware of the robbery according to Fla. Stat. § 812.131. This offense can result in a felony of the third degree and carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000.
If a firearm or deadly weapon is present during the commission of the robbery, the charges can increase to a felony of the second degree, which can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.
A robbery that occurs when an individual enters a home or dwelling can be considered a home-invasion robbery under Fla. Stat. § 812.135. This can also be known as breaking and entering or burglary. This offense can result in a felony of the first degree which is punishable by up to 30 years to life in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.
Though both crimes involve the unlawful taking of property or money, there are differences that distinguish the two. Theft crimes usually does not involve the presence of an alleged victim, or the physical force, violence or threat of violence that often takes place during a robbery. Often, the value of the property or money taken during a theft can weigh heavily on the penalties a court will give to an alleged offender.
There are several differences between robbery and burglary. Burglary typically occurs when an individual unlawfully enters an unoccupied home or dwelling with the intent to commit an offense, which is usually theft. However, the theft crime does not have to occur for an individual to be charged with burglary. Robbery offenses usually occur in the presence of an alleged victim and the alleged offender’s intent to take money or property is clear.
Contact the Galigani Law Firm to discuss the circumstances regarding your alleged robbery offense. Gainesville criminal defense lawyer Dean Galigani will work vigorously to help you avoid the most severe penalties regarding your alleged robbery offense. The Galigani Law Firm represents individuals who have been charged with a robbery offense in Florida and throughout Alachua County, Marion County, Gilchrist County and Baker County. Contact the Galigani Law Firm for a free consultation about your alleged robbery offense today by sending an online message or calling us at (352) 375-0812.
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