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Armed robbery cases in Florida are not uncommon and the presence of skilled and experienced armed robbery defense attorneys in Jacksonville is of paramount importance. Charged with defending individuals accused of this serious crime, First Coast Criminal Defense plays a crucial role in safeguarding our clients' rights, challenging the prosecution's case, and striving for the pursuit of justice.

Our Jacksonville armed robbery lawyers possess a comprehensive understanding of Florida's criminal laws and the intricacies surrounding armed robbery charges. We stay up-to-date with recent legal precedents, statutes, and local court procedures to build a solid defense strategy for our clients.

If you or your loved one have been accused of armed robbery, reach out for a complimentary case review today by calling (904) 474-3115 or filling out an online form!

What is Robbery?

Robbery is a serious offense that involves taking someone's money or property through force, violence, assault, or threat of harm. In Florida, it is clearly defined by the Florida Statute Section 812.13.

For the State to prove a robbery charge, four elements must be fulfilled:

  1. The perpetrator took money or property from either the victim's possession or control.
  2. Force, violence, assault, or fear was used by the perpetrator during the taking.
  3. The property that was taken had some value.
  4. The perpetrator intended to deprive the victim of their right to the property permanently or temporarily or wanted to use the property for their purposes or someone else's.

Understanding what robbery involves and its legal implications is crucial. If you are facing a robbery charge, seeking professional legal advice can help you protect your rights and defend yourself in court.

What is Armed Robbery?

Armed robbery is the act of stealing from someone while carrying a firearm or any other weapon. The use of a weapon during a robbery, converts it into an armed robbery.

  • A “weapon” can be any object that is capable of causing serious bodily harm or even death.
  • A “deadly weapon” refers to a weapon that is used or threatened to be used in a situation that is more likely to result in death or serious bodily injury.

Armed Robbery Sentence Florida

  • Armed robbery with a firearm (actual possession)
    • 10 year minimum mandatory sentence
    • Up to life in prison
  • Armed robbery with a firearm (no actual possession)
    • Up to life in prison
  • Armed robbery with a deadly weapon
    • 1st degree felony
    • Fines: $10,000
    • Life imprisonment
  • Armed robbery with a weapon
    • 1st degree felony
    • Fines: $10,000
    • Up to 30 years
  • Robbery without a weapon (strong arm)
    • 2nd degree felony
    • Fines: $10,000
    • Up to 15 years in prison

What Is the Minimum Sentence for Armed Robbery in Florida?

Florida has strict laws regarding the use of firearms during a crime. Offenders who carry and use a firearm may face a mandatory minimum sentence that depends on the severity of their actions.

  • If a firearm is carried during the crime but not discharged, the sentence is a minimum of 10 years imprisonment.
  • If the firearm is discharged during the robbery, the sentence is 20 years minimum.
  • If someone is injured or killed by the firearm, the sentence becomes a minimum of 25 years.

Building a Strong Defense Strategy

One of the primary responsibilities we have as Jacksonville armed robbery defense attorneys is to develop a strong defense strategy tailored to the specific circumstances of their client's case. Our team will meticulously analyze the evidence, interview witnesses, and consult with experts, such as forensic specialists or private investigators, to gather all necessary information. Then we will construct a strategic defense plan to challenge the prosecution's evidence, highlight any inconsistencies or gaps, and present a compelling case in favor of our clients' innocence or reduced charges.

Contact our Jacksonville armed robbery attorneys today for a complimentary case review. Call us at (904) 474-3115 or fill out an online form.

"I have had the pleasure of working with First Coast Criminal Defense, and it was a wonderful experience, I would highly recommend this Firm. They are totally responsive and will walk you through each phase step by step!"

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