Robbery Attorney in Tampa, FL
Robbery charges are a very serious matter in Florida. They carry substantial penalties, and prosecutors pursue them aggressively. The law in Florida is complex, and if you have been charged, it is imperative that you not make any decisions regarding your case before obtaining qualified legal representation.
If you or a loved one are facing robbery charges in the Tampa, FL, area, call Armando Edmiston, an experienced Tampa robbery criminal defense lawyer, today.
Strong-Arm Robbery: A Definition in Tampa, FL
Under Florida law, robbery is defined as intentionally and unlawfully taking property or money from another person using force, violence, assault or fear. Robbery without a weapon — also known as strong-arm robbery — is a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum of 15 years in prison. There is no mandatory minimum sentence for strong-arm robbery by itself, but under Florida’s sentencing laws, a prior criminal record, injuries to victims and other factors can add up to mandatory incarceration.
Armed Robbery: Enhanced Penalties in Tampa, FL
Armed robbery with a non-deadly weapon is a first-degree felony with a maximum penalty of 30 years and a mandatory minimum sentence of nearly three years. Armed robbery with a deadly weapon is also a first-degree felony but carries enhanced penalties, including a maximum sentence of life in prison and a minimum of four years where the weapon is not a firearm or explosive. Under a special Florida law that deals with violent crimes involving guns, robbery with a firearm or explosive device carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. If the firearm or explosive discharges, the minimum increases to 20 years. If the firearm or explosive discharges and seriously injures or kills somebody, a sentence of 25-years-to-life will be imposed.
Other Types of Robbery in Tampa, FL
There are a number of other types of robbery on the books in Florida. Robbery by sudden snatching, also known as purse snatching or pick-pocketing, occurs when an offender tries to steal money or property off another person’s body and the person becomes aware of the theft as it happens. Robbery by sudden snatching is a third-degree felony with a maximum sentence of five years unless the offender carries a deadly weapon, in which case it is a second-degree felony with a maximum sentence of 15 years. If the weapon is not a firearm or explosive, a mandatory minimum of 21 months applies. If it is a firearm or explosive, a 10-, 20- or 25-year minimum sentence will be imposed, depending on whether the weapon discharged (if not, 10 years; if so, 20) and whether it seriously injured or killed someone (if so, 25 years). Home-invasion robbery is a first-degree felony. If it is committed without a weapon it carries a maximum of 30 years and a minimum of nearly three. Home-invasion robbery with a non-deadly weapon also comes with a 30-year maximum, but it carries a longer four-year minimum. Home-invasion robbery with a deadly weapon is punishable by a maximum of life in prison. If the deadly weapon is not a firearm or explosive, a five-and-a-half-year minimum applies. If it is a firearm or explosive, a 10-, 20- or 25-year minimum will be imposed. Carjacking, finally, is a first-degree felony. When committed without a weapon, it is punishable by as many as 30 years in prison and carries a minimum penalty of 21 months. Carjacking with a deadly weapon comes with a maximum sentence of life. If the deadly weapon is not a firearm or explosive, a four-year minimum applies. If it is a firearm or explosive, a 10-, 20- or 25-year minimum will be imposed.