Charged with a theft crime?

The taking of money or property from another without permission or consent and with the intent of depriving the person of his or her money or property is theft. When the theft is committing by the use of threats, assault, force, or violence the crime becomes robbery. Robbery is a serious crime and a person convicted of robbery may spend time in prison and be forced to pay large fines. If you are facing robbery charges, you need a strong defense from an attorney well versed in criminal law and experienced in the criminal court system.  When you are accused of committing a crime, you face the possibility of the loss of certain rights and freedoms. It is important to have the legal support from a lawyer immediately following an arrest, at arraignment, and at each step of the criminal proceedings.

Penalties for Robbery Convictions

The penalties for robbery are covered under the Florida Criminal Punishment Code as follows:

Sudden Snatching

  • Suddenly taking a woman's purse or a man's wallet would fall into this category of robbery by sudden snatching. Even if no force or violence was used, the offender may receive a 5-year prison sentence and $5,000 in fines. It jumps to a 3rd degree felony if a weapon was used in the crime.

Robbery with a Deadly Weapon

  • A deadly weapon is something that can inflict great bodily harm or death. A knife or baseball bat could qualify as deadly weapons. If a robbery is committed involving a deadly weapon, it is a level 8 offense, 1st degree felony, punishable up to 30 years in prison. The minimum sentence is 34.5 months in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison with $10,000 in fines.

Robbery with a Firearm

  • Being in the possession of or using a firearm during a robbery is a level 9 offense, 1st degree felony. The minimum sentence is 48 months in prison. The maximum sentence would be life in prison, lifetime probation, and $15,000 in fines. The discharge of a firearm would increase the amount of punishment.


  • Carjacking is committed with the intent of depriving one of his/her motor vehicle. It is a serious crime as often there is violence involved and the possibility of minor passengers in the car. It is a level 7 offense, 1st degree felony. Minimum sentence is 21 months in prison, with maximum of 30 years in prison, 30 years probation, and $10,000 fines. If the carjacking involved weapons, it becomes a level 9 offense, with a minimum of 48 months in prison. If a firearm was used, there is a mandatory 10-year prison sentence, discharge of a firearm increases prison time to 20 years.

Home Invasion

Entering a dwelling to commit robbery is a level 8 offense, 1st degree felony with a minimum 34.5 month prison sentence and maximum 30 years, 30 years probation, and $10,000 fines. The use of a weapon during a home invasion robbery is a level 10 offense, minimum 66 months in prison and maximum lifetime sentence.

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