Robbery is considered to be a felony in the state of Florida and is more serious than theft. Florida Statute §812.13 defines robbery as the taking of money or other property which may be the subject of larceny from the person or custody of another, with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person or the owner of the money or other property, when in the course of the taking there is the use of force, or fear. For example, if an individual used a weapon in the process of stealing money or property from another, they would be charged with robbery, which is considered a first-degree felony.
If an individual did not possess a weapon at the time of the alleged robbery, he/she would also be charged with robbery, however, the offense would be classified as a felony of the second degree.
Are there different classifications of robbery?
There are three classifications of robbery, which include:
- Robbery by Sudden Snatching
Robbery by sudden snatching is “the taking of money or other property from the victim’s person, with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive the victim or the owner of the money or other property, when, it in the course of the taking, the victim was or became aware of the taking” [Source: Florida Statute §812.131] If an individual allegedly commits robbery by sudden snatching and was carrying a weapon, the crime is considered a felony of the second degree. If the crime was committed and no firearm or weapon was present, the crime is considered a felony of the third degree.
Florida Statute §812.133 defines carjacking as the taking of a motor vehicle from another with the intent to “permanently or temporarily deprive the person or the owner of the motor vehicle” and the use of force or fear is present. Whether a weapon was present or not during the carjacking, the crime is still considered a felony of the first degree.
- Home-Invasion Robbery
When an individual “enters a dwelling with the intent to commit a robbery, and does commit a robbery,” the person shall be accused of committing a felony of the first degree [Source: Florida Statute §812.135]. The crime shall remain a felony of the first degree regardless of whether a weapon was present or not.
Trevena, Pontrello & Associates Represents those that have been accused or charged with a crime.
Felony crimes such as robbery are serious offenses that carry hefty jail terms and fines. If an individual in Largo, FL has been charged with robbery, they are going to want to retain a Largo, FL criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. The Largo criminal defense attorneys at Trevena, Pontrello & Associates can help an offender fight their charges and potentially get them reduced or dismissed. If an individual did not commit robbery but has been charged with the crime, it is imperative they retain legal counsel immediately to increase their chances of getting their name cleared of any wrongdoing.
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Largo, FL 33770
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