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Robbery by Sudden Snatching

There is a special type of Robbery crime called Robbery by Sudden Snatching. This is a very serious criminal offense. The crime of Robbery by Sudden Snatching occurs when someone takes money (or other property of value) from the alleged victim’s person with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive that person of their money or property, when in the course of the taking, the alleged victim was or becomes aware of the taking. Florida Criminal Statute 812.13.

For example, if someone stole an old lady’s purse and while trying to take the purse, the woman felt the purse being removed and tried to hold onto it or started swinging it at the accused robber. Just knowing about the robbery is enough, the old lady would not have to swing her purse for the crime of Robbery by Sudden Snatching to have occurred, it is enough if she just knows she is being robbed.

In order to prove this charge, the prosecutor does not have to prove that the offender used force beyond the force necessary to take the money or property from the alleged victim or that the alleged victim resisted or was injured.

Just like Robbery, the facts of the case and whether a weapon or firearm was used makes a huge difference in the penalties for this crime.

If during the course of committing the robbery by sudden snatching, the arrested person carried a firearm or deadly 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 is a Level 7 offense under the felony Guidelines and scores 56 points which means a mandatory prison sentence. Level 10 is the highest level under the guidelines.

If during the course of committing the robbery by sudden snatching, the arrested person carried a no firearm or other deadly weapon, then it is a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in Florida state prison and a $5,000.00 fine! Under the Sentencing Guidelines, it is a Level 5 offense and scores 28 points as a primary offense.

The crime of Robbery by Sudden Snatching also 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, require a mandatory Florida state prison sentence, and the maximum prison time an arrested person maybe sentenced to significantly.

Under the statute, the firearm or deadly weapon qualifies for the enhancement to a 2nd degree felony if carried prior to, contemporaneously with, or subsequent to the taking of the property if it is a part of the series of events that constitute the Robbery by Sudden Snatching.

There is also a separate crime for Robbery (Florida Criminal statute 812.13) which can carry even more severe penalties than Robbery by Sudden Snatching.

You need to speak to call me immediately, an experienced criminal defense attorney, that can fight for you in court when facing a such a serious felony criminal charge as Robbery by Sudden Snatching before you go to criminal court.


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