Robbery Offenses in FL

Fort Lauderdale is one of the largest cities in the State of Florida. With approximately 178,590 residents, it is also considered one of the more dangerous Floridian cities. According to the City of Ft. Lauderdale Police Department, there were approximately 491 robberies throughout Ft. Lauderdale in 2016.

Black's Law Dictionary defines "robbery" as the "illegal taking of property from the person of another or in the person's presence, by violence or intimidation."

Being absolved of robbery charges may not be the end, for robbery, a jury may also convict a defendant of a lesser-included offense, such as theft, assault, or resisting a merchant.

Attorney for Robbery in Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Bacchus Law Firm attorneys represent clients charged with violent crimes such as robbery, burglary, and other crimes of force throughout the Miami-metropolitan area.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a violent crime in Broward County or in the surrounding areas of Palm Beach, Collier, Miami-Dade, or Hendry County, FL, then call an experienced criminal defense attorney at Bacchus & Navarro.

Having a criminal defense lawyer explain your charges and present a committed, and dedicated defense is crucial to having your charges dropped.

Our offices are centrally located at 401 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, just minutes from the Broward County Central Courthouse.

Call (954) 500-5555 for more information about what our attorneys can do for your case.

Overview of Robbery Offenses in Broward County

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Elements of Robbery Crimes under § 812.13 Fla. Stat.

In order to prove that a person is guilty of robbery under Florida law, the prosecution must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. the defendant took the victim's property from his or her person or his or her custody;
  2. the defendant used force, assault, violence, or fear in the course of the taking;
  3. the defendant took property that had some value; and
  4. the defendant took such property with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive the victim of his or her right to the property or any benefit from it; or
  5. the defendant took such property with the intent to appropriate the property to his or own use or to the use of any person not entitled to it.

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Definitions for Robbery in the Florida Statute

Florida law also provides definitions that are essential to understanding the Florida statutes. Some useful definitions for understanding the Florida robbery statute under § 812.13 include the following:

  • "In the course of the taking" means that the act occurred prior to, contemporaneous with, or subsequent to the taking of the property and that the act of taking the property was considered a continuous or series of acts or events;
  • "force" is defined as using force, violence, or assault so as to overcome the resistance of the victim, or by putting the victim in fear so that he or she does not resist.
  • "taking" means that the property taken is under the actual control of the victim so that it cannot be taken without the use of force, violence, or intimidation, but it is not necessary that the taking be from the person of the victim in order to be considered a taking by force, violence, or fear.

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Penalties for Robbery in FL under § 812.13

The type of charge that the State will impose for a robbery offense will depend on whether the offender committed the robbery with a weapon, dangerous weapon, or firearm.

If a jury finds that the defendant committed a robbery, but the offender carried no firearm, deadly weapon, or another weapon, then the robbery will be charged as a second-degree felony, punishable by up to fifteen (15) years and up to $10,000 fines.

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Enhanced Penalties for Robbery in FL

Under Florida law, an individual may be subject to enhanced penalties if, in the course of committing the robbery, the defendant carried some kind of weapon.

If an offender is charged with robbery and the jury finds that the offender also carried a firearm or other deadly weapon during the course of that robbery, then the charge is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to life in prison.

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Lesser Included Offenses to Robbery

Instead of being charged with robbery under Fla. Stat. § 812.13, an offender could be charged with any lesser-included offense of robbery. Lesser included offenses under Florida law include the following:

  • Petit Theft -§ 812.014(3) or 812.014(e)
  • Assault - § 784.011
  • Battery - § 784.015(6)
  • Aggravated Assault - § 784.021
  • Display of a Firearm - § 790.07(2)
  • Attempt-  777.04(1)
  • Trespass - § 810.08
  • Aggravated Battery § 784.045

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Additional Resources

Section 812.13 Robbery – Visit Online Sunshine, the official website of the Florida Legislature for the full statutory language of robbery, including all of the listed penalties for being convicted of robbery and the enhanced penalties.

Fort Lauderdale Crime Statistics – Visit the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department for the Ft. Lauderdale Crime Analysis Unit report, which depicts the Department's crime and service statistics broken down by different types of crimes such as robbery, burglary, theft, etc…. The crimes rates are broken down by year and by the district.

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Find an Attorney for Robbery in Broward County, FL

Being convicted of robbery is a completely life changing sentence. If you or someone you know has been charged with robbery, having an experienced criminal defense attorney could be crucial to potentially have your charges dropped.

The attorneys at Bacchus Law Firm have years of experienced defending the rights of criminal defendants. We serve clients throughout the Miami-metropolitan area in Broward County, FL, and in the surrounding counties of Miami-Dade, Hendry, Palm Beach, and Collier County, FL.

With offices centrally located in Downtown Fort. Lauderdale, just minutes from the U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse, we take federal cases throughout Florida in cities like Miami, East Naples, LaBelle, and West Palm Beach, FL.

Call (954) 500-5555 to find out more about what the attorneys at Bacchus Law Firm can do for you.

This article was last updated on June 15, 2017.

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