Robbery, burglary, and larceny are the three crimes most commonly mistaken for each other. Robbery and larceny are similar crimes with robbery having within the added element of the use of force or threatened use of force. Regardless of the charges mentioned above, law enforcement and the State Attorney’s Office take these crimes extremely seriously. Not only has someone stolen the money or goods from another person during this crime, they’ve done so with the use of force, often deadly force. The Tampa criminal attorneys at The Mayberry Law Firm understand the elements the State Attorney’s Office must prove when charging this crime and we’re familiar with all defenses available. We will never stop working on your case in an effort to discover all relevant facts in addition to negotiating with the State Attorney’s Office to earn a complete dismissal of your charge or a charge reduction. If you you’ve been charged with robbing someone, you need a lawyer who won’t stop fighting for your rights. We never will.What is Robbery?
As defined by Florida Statute 812.13, robbery is the taking of money or other property which may be the subject of theft from the person or custody of another, while intending to permanently or temporarily deprive the person or the owner of the money or other property, when in the course of the taking there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear. In other words, an individual who steals something from someone else and uses force rather than stealth is guilty of this crime.
As charged, this crime can be a first or second degree felony. If in the course of committing this crime an individual uses a firearm or other deadly weapon, that individual has committed a first degree felony punishable by up to life imprisonment. If no firearm or deadly weapon was carried, the individual will face a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in the Florida Department of Corrections. For an illustration of just how seriously Florida takes this allegation, if an individual with no criminal history commits a second degree felony robbery without a weapon and no other crime, they will score 36 points under Florida’s Sentencing Guidelines. 44 points is the cutoff for when an incarceration sentence goes from county jail to prison. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the allegation, Florida’s authorities prosecute this crime zealously and as such retaining a top notch criminal attorney must be a priority.How can We Help?
The Tampa criminal lawyers at The Mayberry Law Firm can and will defend any of our clients accused of a crime in Tampa at an elite level. We will evaluate your case from top to bottom, looking first at dismissal possibilities through a pretrial motion or trial. If dismissal or full acquittal is not likely, we will evaluate the case to determine whether the State can prove a firearm was used if it has been alleged. Ultimately we will be completely candid and transparent with our clients so that they understand what is happening in their case during all phases. We work to the end to ensure our clients get the best possible result. If you’ve been accused of a criminal act in Tampa or the Tampa Bay area, contact the attorneys at The Mayberry Law Firm today.