Robbery by Sudden Snatching Attorney in Tampa, FL
Being charged with robbery by sudden snatching is a serious matter in Florida. Prosecutors pursue these charges aggressively, and penalties can include long prison sentences under some circumstances. Never make any decisions regarding your case before obtaining experienced legal representation.
If you or a loved one are facing robbery by sudden snatching charges in the Tampa, FL, area, call Armando Edmiston, an experienced Tampa robbery by sudden snatching criminal defense lawyer, today.
Robbery by Sudden Snatching: Robbery Generally in Tampa, FL
In Florida, robbery is defined as intentionally and unlawfully taking property or money from another person using force, violence, assault or fear. The simplest type of robbery is robbery without a weapon (strong-arm robbery). This is a second-degree felony punishable by as many as 15 years in prison. Closely related is simple armed robbery, which is a first-degree felony. If the weapon is non-deadly, a maximum penalty of 30 years applies. If the weapon is deadly, a maximum penalty of life in prison is possible. If the weapon is a firearm or explosive, an enhanced mandatory minimum sentence of up to 25 years is imposed.
Robbery by Sudden Snatching: Definition and Penalties in Tampa, FL
Robbery by sudden snatching, also known as purse snatching and pick-pocketing, occurs when an offender tries to take money or property from the body of another person and the person becomes aware of the theft as it happens. It is not necessary that the victim put up any resistance; prosecutors need only prove that a defendant used whatever force was necessary to take the money or property. Robbery by sudden snatching is a third-degree felony with a maximum sentence of five years in prison. If no deadly weapon is used, no mandatory minimum sentence will be imposed under Florida’s sentencing laws. Robbery by sudden snatching while carrying a deadly weapon is a second-degree felony with a maximum penalty of 15 years and a mandatory minimum of 21 months if the weapon is not a firearm or explosive. But if the weapon is a firearm or explosive, a special Florida statute imposes much stiffer sentences: at least 10 years for any armed robbery involving a firearm or explosive, at least 20 years if the firearm or explosive discharges and 25 years to life in prison if the firearm or explosive discharges and kills or seriously injures someone. Prosecutors do not have to prove a weapon was used during a robbery itself; it is enough that an offender was carrying it during an attempt to rob someone or during flight from the scene of a robbery or attempted robbery.
Robbery by Sudden Snatching: Other Types of Robbery in Tampa, FL
There are a few other similar types of robbery on the books in Florida, including home-invasion robbery and carjacking. Home-invasion robbery is a first-degree felony. When committed without a weapon or with a non-deadly weapon, it carries a maximum of 30 years. Home-invasion robbery with a deadly weapon is punishable by a maximum of life in prison. If the deadly weapon is a firearm or explosive, a 10-, 20- or 25-year minimum will be imposed, depending on whether the firearm or explosive discharged (if so, 20 years; if not, 10) and whether someone was seriously injured or killed (if so, 25 years). Carjacking, likewise, is a first-degree felony. When committed without a weapon, it is punishable by as many as 30 years. Carjacking with a deadly weapon comes with a maximum sentence of life. If the deadly weapon is a firearm or explosive, a 10-, 20- or 25-year minimum will be imposed.