Each state has its own take on just how serious robbery is. The level of seriousness is apparent in the potential penalties for those people convicted of this offense. In Florida, robbery is treated very severely. If you are convicted of this offense, you stand to carry the stigma for the rest of your life.
Being a convicted felon is not easy. Not only are you forced to spend time in prison, in most cases, but you are required to tell people about your conviction every time you apply for a new job, making it very difficult to find good employment. The best way to avoid long term consequences like this is to avoid a conviction in the first place.
Florida Robbery Laws & Penalties
Under Florida laws, the exact charge you face depends on the facts of your case. Generally, robbery is defined as:
the taking of money or property from another person’s possession with the intent to deprive that person or the owner of the property, and where there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear.
This means you can face charges of robbery without actually harming someone, but merely threatening them in order to steal their property.
If the robbery is committed when you are armed with a weapon, you will face charges of a 1st degree felony. First degree felony charges carry a potential 30 year prison sentence and fines reaching $10,000.
If you are not armed at the time of the robbery, you will face 2nd degree felony charges, which carry up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
A robbery charge is not the same as a robbery conviction. If you are accused of robbery, this doesn’t mean you will necessarily be convicted. Discussing your options with a local criminal defense attorney will help you determine the best course of action in order to avoid the most serious penalties.
With the help of your attorney, you can determine whether a plea bargain might be beneficial—helping you to avoid possible prison time.
If, however, you maintain your innocence, your attorney could agree to take your case to trial, defending your good name and protecting your rights at every stage of the process.