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Robbery convictions can carry massive sentences in Florida

Some theft allegations are particularly serious in nature. One of these is being accused of having used force or instilled fear during the course of stealing from a person. This can lead to an individual facing robbery charges.

As a felony offense, the crime of robbery carries significant penalties with it here in Florida. For one, a conviction on robbery charges could lead to a person facing a significant amount of prison time. In certain circumstances, the possibility of a life sentence could even be on the table.

Robbery starts as a second-degree felony here in Florida. However, the situation changes if the perpetrator had a weapon on them during the robbery. Robbery with a weapon comes in as a first-degree felony, a more severe felony level.

Florida law carves out an additional enhancement if the weapon in question was a deadly one, such as a firearm. Under state law, robbery with a deadly weapon is a special type of first-degree felony in which the top prison sentence that can be given is a life sentence.

Given the major sentences that can come out of robbery convictions, the decisions a person makes when facing robbery charges can have major ramifications for their life. So, it can be critical for a person to have an accurate understanding of their situation when making such decisions. This includes having a clear picture of the strength of the prosecution’s case and how much in the way of weaknesses the prosecution’s evidence has. Skilled theft crime defense attorneys can help individuals accused of robbery with looking for weaknesses in a prosecution’s case and evidence.

Source: Florida Legislature, “The 2016 Florida Statutes - 812.13 Robbery.,” Accessed March 22, 2017

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