Robbery arrests in Florida should only result from a theft that is coupled with the show, threat, or use of force or violence. Armed Robbery is defined in Florida as the criminal act of stealing another person's property, without consent, while in the possession of a weapon such as a gun or knife. The sentence for an arrest and conviction for robbery will depend on the prior criminal history of the defendant, if he or she had committed prior violent offenses, the type of weapon that was used, if the alleged victim sustained bodily injury during the crime, and the value of the property stolen.
The arrest for use of a firearm during a robbery may carry 3-year minimum if the person is a convicted felon and a 10-year minimum-mandatory sentence if the 10-20-Life enhancer is charged. The discharge of the firearm may bring a 20-year minimum-mandatory, and if a serious injury results from the use of a firearm, a defendant may face 25 years with a mandatory-minimum up to a life sentence. Robbery charges are generally second- or third-degree felonies but can be up to a life felony, as well. Strong Armed Robbery (mugging) is the taking of property from the person or custody of a person by force.
Carjackings are becoming more common across the nation. In Jacksonville, carjackings are reported in the news almost every day. It is also is one of the most falsely reported crimes, particularly when cars are lent to others, usually in exchange for drugs or sex, and not returned.
Other robbery charges can include robbery by sudden snatching (purse snatching) and home invastion robbery. These are all very serious charges, and you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. We have the experience and skill to properly defend such charges inside and outside of the courtroom. At Arnold & Sichta, we practice not just the science of lawyering, but the art of being an attorney.
If you need a defense lawyer for a Florida robbery arrest - whether it's in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs, Fernandina Beach or elsewhere in the state -- call us. We will help the prosecutor, judge and jury feel and experience your story to get the best disposition for your case. Contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys for a 30-minute free consultation today.