What is Robbery
Robbery is defined by F.S. 812.13. In the State of Florida robbery is basically defined as a theft by the use of force, violence, assault, or putting the victim in fear. Like most criminal statutes in Florida the robbery statute is broadly define. For example force is a very general term. Simply grabbing a purse from someone holding it can be considered force for the purpose of convicting someone of robbery, even if the purse was snatch right out of the victims hand.
Penalties for Robbery
If someone is convicted of a simple robbery then it is a 2nd degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. If the defendant used a deadly weapon in the commission of a robbery then the robbery becomes a 1st degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison. If the defendant used a fire arm in the commission of the robbery then the robbery becomes a life felony, where the defendant can be sentenced to life in prison. Also if a firearm was used in the robbery Florida’s 10 – 20 -Life statute kicks in. That means if you use a gun in the commission of a robbery there is a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years, which means the judge has to sentence the defendant to at least 10 years in prison with no gain time. If the defendant discharges a gun during the robbery the minimum mandatory sentence increases to 20 years. And if someone is injured or killed during the robbery the minimum mandatory sentenced is increased to 25 years. If the defendant is unarmed during the beginning of the robbery, but becomes armed during the commission of the robbery (for example he takes a gun) then he can be convicted of armed robbery.