Orlando Robbery Defense Lawyer
Experienced Defense Against Robbery Charges In Orlando And Throughout Central Florida
What Is Robbery In Florida?
Florida law defines robbery as the taking of another person's property through the use of violence or fear. The use of violence and threats is one of the main differences between a robbery crime and a theft crime under Florida law.
In Florida robbery is a felony offense. The Florida justice system takes robbery charges very seriously, so we strongly advice you to immediately seek legal representation if you have been charged with robbery in Orlando or anywhere in Central Florida. The criminal defense attorneys at LaBar Adams in Orlando, have helped many clients accused of criminal offenses, including robbery, and would be honored to help you too. Call us today! Our early intervention might be key in the outcome of your case.
Robbery Charges And Possible Penalties
Robbery may be charged as a first-degree or second-degree felony:
- Robbery if committed without a weapon is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
- A robbery committed with a firearm or deadly weapon is a first-degree felony and is punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison.
- A robbery that is committed with a weapon that is not a firearm or deadly weapon is also a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
A robbery conviction could also impact future educational, housing, and employment opportunities. It is important that you speak with a Central Florida Defense Attorney if charged with robbery, before you make any statements to anyone. Our Orlando robbery defense attorneys understand how much is at stake in these matters.
Possible Defenses To A Robbery Charge
There are a variety of defenses we may be able to raise on your behalf depending on the facts of your robbery case:
- Mistaken identity: You may have been misidentified by a victim.
- No use of violence or fear: You must have taken property that a person was holding or that was in their custody. If you simply stole property without threatening violence or fear, you are not guilty of robbery.
- No use of a weapon or deadly weapon: In some cases, a question may arise about whether or not an object meets the legal definition of a weapon or deadly weapon. Since any robbery that involves a weapon is a first-degree felony, we will review the facts of your case carefully to fully investigate this issue.
Our Central Florida robbery defense attorneys are very skilled. With the knowledge and experience we offer you have an opportunity to ease your burden and receive proper guidance on the path that is before you. If it is in your best interests to take your case to court, you can be confident that we will provide a strong defense to your robbery charges at trial. If it is not in your best interests to take your case to trial, there are a variety of ways that we can help minimize the impact of your charges:
- We have a strong knowledge of Florida's sentencing guidelines and understand the role that mandatory prison sentences may play in our clients' cases.
- We are knowledgeable about Florida's 10-20-Life statute, habitual felony offender statute, prison release re-offender statute and other laws that may play a role in your case.
- We may be able to negotiate with the prosecution to seek a favorable plea agreement on your behalf. Depending on the facts of your case, a favorable plea agreement might take many forms, including a plea to a lesser offense or an agreement that significantly reduces the penalties you might otherwise face if convicted of a robbery charge.
Contact Our Experienced Orlando Robbery Defense Attorneys
If you or someone you care about have been charged with robbery in Orlando, Central Florida or anywhere in Florida we strongly recommend that you seek legal representation right away. Robbery charges are taken very seriously by the state of Florida and can have long lasting consequences if you are found guilty. Robbery cases are often complicated and they frequently require special skills to be handled properly. Understanding the crime itself and the surrounding circumstances that led to the charge are often difficult. Our experienced Orlando robbery defense lawyer has helped my clients in the past and can help you too. Call us today for a consultation at 1-866-680-4LAW or fill out our online form located at the top of the page and we will contact you shortly. We respond to after-hours messages promptly. Evening or weekend appointments are available upon request. We respect your privacy and will keep all your information confidential.