Robbery is a crime of theft that involves the use of force to take property from another person. To be guilty of robbery, prosecution must prove that you used force to take property from another person, and that you had the intent to deprive that person of his or her property permanently.
Robbery charges in Florida will vary based on the facts of each individual case, and hinges on the type of force that was used during the crime.
For example, robbery without a deadly weapon is charged as a second-degree felony and up to 15 years in prison. Robbery with a deadly weapon, on the other hand, is charged as a first-degree felony and can involve a life sentence.
A robbery that includes a home invasion, with or without a deadly weapon, is also charged as a first-degree felony with up to life in prison.
In order to be found guilty of robbery in Florida, the prosecution must prove that you used force to take property that belonged to someone else, and that you had the requisite intent to deprive them of their property.
If you have been charged with robbery in Florida, you should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help defend your rights in court. A criminal defense attorney can look at the facts of your case and develop a defense to reduce your penalties or even to negate one of the elements of the crime itself.