Robbery is defined in Florida as taking property away from a person by force, violence, assault, or putting the person in fear. Robbery varies in how severely it is punished based upon a variety of factors, including whether or not a weapon or gun was used in the crime. Robbery can range from a third degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, to a first degree felony, punishable by life in prison. Additionally, in the case of armed robbery, where a gun is used during the commission of the robbery, Florida’s 10/20/Life minimum mandatory sentences apply, which can mandate a minimum sentence of 10 years, 20 years, or 25 years to life, depending on the circumstances. See Firearms Offenses for additional information on 10/20/Life sentencing.
Because of the severe possible penalties involved in a case of robbery, it is very important to seek the guidance of an experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Defenses to robbery cases often include mistaken identity or misidentification and lack of physical or forensic evidence or DNA. An attorney with extensive trial experience can evaluate the case to determine the best possible defense and the best plan for challenging the State’s case and evidence.
Are you facing robbery charges? You need the best criminal defense lawyer in West Palm Beach. Contact the experienced attorneys from the Law Offices of Richard Tendler for representation today!