West Palm Beach Robbery Defense Attorney
How can I fight my robbery case?
Being charged with robbery or armed robbery is a very serious situation in which you could face significant prison time. Moreover, robbery, whether it involves a weapon or not, is classified as a violent crime, so a robbery conviction can carry serious legal consequences well beyond the actual sentence you can face. Our aggressive and experienced representation when facing such a serious offense may be what you need in order to remain out of prison and avoid a violent felony conviction on your record.
The robbery defense lawyers at Prestia Holtz P.A. are former prosecutors, so we know how the other side thinks and what strategies they will use to try and convict you. A conviction for robbery is a permanent mark on your record that will impact your ability to get a job, get housing, and has very serious immigration consequences. For these reasons, do not wait to contact the experienced, aggressive robbery defense lawyers from Prestia Holtz P.A. as soon as possible should you be under investigation or arrested. The sooner we get involved in your case, the sooner you have former prosecutors fighting for you.
What is the difference between robbery and theft?
The difference between other forms of theft and robbery is generally that the stolen property is taken directly from the victim in their presence.
Under Florida Statute § 812.13, robbery is defined as:
- the unlawful taking of another’s money or property
- with the intent to deprive them of it either temporarily or permanently
- by using force, violence, or putting the victim in fear during the course of the theft.
The more force used in the course of the robbery, the stiffer the penalties. The most common type of robbery committed without a weapon is strong-arm robbery. For example, someone runs up to a woman on the street, punches her in the face and takes her purse- that is a classic example of a strong-arm robbery. Under Florida law, strong-arm robbery is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in state prison.
Even if a robbery does not involve the use of a weapon, it is a very serious charge that can result in a lengthy prison sentence and being branded a violent felon for the rest of your life. If you or a loved one have been accused of committing a robbery, call the experienced robbery defense lawyers of Prestia Holtz P.A. today to set up a free case evaluation, so we can explore your options in fighting these charges.
What is the difference between robbery and armed robbery?
Besides the presence of a weapon, the greatest difference between robbery and armed robbery are the potential consequences you face if you are charged with one or the other. Armed robbery is when someone carried a weapon in the course of the committing the robbery. “In the course of committing the robbery” is defined as if it occurs in an attempt to commit the robbery, or even if it occurs in flight after an attempt at the robbery or the commission of the robbery.
- If you carry a weapon (but not a deadly weapon or firearm) in the course of committing a robbery, you can be charged with a first-degree felony, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
- If you carry a deadly weapon or firearm in the course of committing a robbery, you can be charged with a first-degree felony punishable by life imprisonment.
- Moreover, if a firearm is used in the robbery, depending on how it is used, you may be subject to minimum mandatory sentences that could be as much as 25 years in prison.
SERIOUS DEFENSE FOR SERIOUS CHARGES
Clearly, if you or someone you love is facing any robbery charge, let alone an armed robbery charge, you are dealing with very serious accusations. At Prestia Holtz P.A., you can come and sit down with one of our, experienced robbery defense attorneys in person and discuss the specifics of your case at length.
As former prosecutors, and now serving as criminal defense lawyers, we have a wealth of experience in handling robbery cases from both sides of the system. We understand the strategies that a prosecutor will employ in an effort to win a conviction. We also understand how to counter those strategies, such as challenging the use of the weapon in the commission of the robbery and working up alternative theories to the facts that can provide the reasonable doubt needed to avoid conviction. We have seen what works and what doesn’t, and will bring that judgment to your case and apply that knowledge on your behalf.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation and to speak directly to one of our aggressive robbery defense lawyers.