Robbery is a very serious felony. The crime of robbery occurs when someone takes money (or other property of value) from another with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive that person of their money or property, when in the course of the taking. the person robbing uses of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear. Florida Criminal Statute 812.13.
The penalties for robbery are very severe. In addition, a the crime of robbery qualifies an arrested person to be characterized as a
- Prison Release Reoffender
- Habitual Violent Felony Offender
- 3 Time Violent Felony Offender
- Violent Career Criminal
Under Florida Statutes 775.082 and Florida Criminal Statute 775.084. This can increase the penalties and prison time significantly.
If during the course of committing the robbery, the arrested person carried a firearm or deadly weapon, then it is a life felony punishable by up to a term of years not exceeding life in Florida state prison and a $15,000.00 fine! This means that a judge could sentence a convicted person to an unlimited number of years of prison, but can not sentence the person to “life” in prison. This does not help the convicted person if sentenced to 500 years in prison. This is a Level 9 offense under the felony Guidelines and scores 92 points which means a mandatory prison sentence. Level 10 is the highest level under the guidelines.
If during the course of committing the robbery, the arrested person carried a weapon, then it is a 1st degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in Florida state prison and a $10,000.00 fine! This is a Level 8 offense under the felony Guidelines and scores 74 points which means a mandatory prison sentence.
If during the course of committing the robbery, no firearm, deadly weapon, or other weapon, then it is a 2nd degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in Florida state prison and a $10,000.00 fine! This crime is often called Strong-arm Robbery. Under the Sentencing Guidelines, it is a Level 6 offense and scores 36 points a s a primary offense. If a person scores 44 points or more they are scoring a prison sentence under the Criminal Punishment Code Scoresheet.
The firearm, deadly weapon, or other weapon qualifies for the enhanced penalties if carried during the attempt to commit the crime or in flight after the attempted robbery or during the commission of the robbery.
There is also a separate category of Robbery called Robbery by Sudden Snatching under Florida Criminal Statute 812.131.
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