Robbery is a distinct crime from theft because basically, the victim of the crime is either present or aware of the robbery at the time that it occurs. The Florida statute defines robbery as follows:
812.13 - Robbery
- "Robbery" means 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, violence, assault, or putting in fear.
If you have been charged with a robbery-related offense, you need to contact Adam Frankel, P.A. as soon as possible for a consultation. Below are two differing charges within the realm of robbery in Florida.
Armed robbery is the commission of a robbery while carrying, brandishing or using a weapon. The presence of this weapon adds significant consequences to the potential penalties if a defendant is convicted, as you'll see by the language of the Florida statute below:
If in the course of committing the robbery the offender carried a firearm or other deadly weapon, then the robbery is a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life imprisonment.
Strong-arm robbery is a term used to describe a situation where the offender used any degree of force to complete the act. Strong-arm robbery is technically a term used to describe the crime of "Robbery by sudden snatching." This crime's definition is detailed below:
812.131 - Robbery by sudden snatching
- "Robbery by sudden snatching" means the taking of money or other property from the victim's person, with intent to permanently or temporarily deprive the victim or the owner of the money or other property, when, in the course of the taking, the victim was or became aware of the taking. In order to satisfy this definition, it is not necessary to show that:
- The offender used any amount of force beyond that effort necessary to obtain possession of the money or other property; or
- There was any resistance offered by the victim to the offender or that there was injury to the victim's person.
If you are facing a robbery-related charge in Florida, chances are that you already know that you could be looking at a substantial amount of time in prison if you're convicted. Contact Adam Frankel, P.A., today for a full consultation.
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