In Florida, robbery is considered to be a serious criminal offense. The potential penalties for a robbery conviction will depend on the circumstances that occurred at the time of the crime. There are several aggravating factors that can lead to penalties that can range up to 30 years in the Florida state prison system. People who have questions about robbery charges or who have been charged may benefit by seeking experienced legal help from the Musca Law Firm as soon as possible.

First We Must Answer the Question: “What is Robbery?”

Robbery involves the taking of someone else's property, but it is more serious than larceny. According to Florida Statute § 812.13, the taking of the property must be completed with the intent to either temporarily or permanently deprive the owner of the property with the use of force, violence, assault or intimidation. There are several robbery offenses that are recognized in Florida, and all are serious felonies that can result in lengthy sentences of incarceration.

Simple Robbery in Florida

People who commit robberies without using weapons may be charged with second-degree felony offenses. Under Florida Statute § 775.082(3)(d), a person who is convicted of robbery may be sentenced to serve up to 15 years in state prison. In addition to a prison sentence, the person may also face a fine of up to $10,000 under Florida Statute § 775.083(1)(b). If the defendant is found to be a habitual felony offender under Florida Statute § 775.084, he or she may face a sentence of 30 years with no eligibility for early release until at least 10 years of the sentence have been served.

Florida Robbery with a Firearm or Deadly Weapon

The penalties for robbery when the defendant was carrying a firearm or other deadly weapon are more severe. This offense is a first-degree felony with a sentence of up to 30 years in prison under Florida Statute §§ 812.13(2)(a) and 775.082(3)(b). In addition, the defendant may also have to pay a fine of up to $10,000. If the defendant is adjudged to be a habitual felony offender under Florida Statute § 775.084, he or she may be sentenced to serve a life sentence.

Collateral Consequences of a Robbery Conviction in Florida

In addition to the penalties that are outlined by the law in Florida, a robbery conviction may also subject you to collateral consequences long after your sentence has been completed and your case has been closed. People who have felony convictions may have trouble finding employment or qualifying for housing. You may also lose your right to vote and to hold office until and unless you have your rights restored under the Florida Constitution. Other collateral consequences that you might face after a robbery conviction include ineligibility for public benefits and deportation if you are a lawful permanent resident but not a U.S. citizen.

What to Do if You are Facing Robbery Charges in Florida?

If you are facing a robbery charge, it is in your best interest to secure experienced legal representation as soon as possible. For answers to your questions and to schedule a consultation, contact the Musca Law Firm today.

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