Robbery is a serious criminal offense that involves theft committed in a violent, forceful or injurious manner. For example, shoplifting or a similar crime may involve using hidden means to take property that belongs to another party. Robbery is typically committed with the property owner present, threatened into surrendering items or money by the offender. Carjacking may be considered a form of robbery that involves a motor vehicle.
Have you been accused of robbery or any related criminal offense? Florida criminal defense lawyer Robert G. Whittel is here to help. He is an experienced criminal attorney who is ready to put his years of experience and knowledge to work for you as he zealously defends your rights both inside and outside of the courtroom. At our firm, we represent clients throughout Gainesville, Ocala, and the surrounding areas in Florida, and we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your particular case and what we can do to help.About Robbery Charges in Gainesville, Florida
Robbery is considered a violent crime and therefore may count as a “strike” on the defendant’s criminal record if he or she is convicted. This means that double the penalties may be enforced for a second “strike” and a third violent felony conviction of any kind may result in up to a lifetime of imprisonment. When a deadly weapon such as a firearm is used in the commission of a robbery in Florida, this may result in enhanced charges and therefore increased penalties. Where the offense takes place (at a home, on the street, at an ATM or in an uninhabited dwelling) may also affect the final charges and penalties that a defendant faces.
If you are facing first or second degree robbery charges, take a moment to contact a Florida robbery defense attorney today.