Robbery Defense in Palm Beach County
Herman Law, P.A. defends Floridians who are accused of committing robbery. Regardless if you made a mistake, or if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, or if the police have the wrong person, as a former prosecutor with over 150 jury trials to his credit, West Palm Beach Criminal Attorney Ron D. Herman stands ready to defend you to the fullest extent of his abilities.
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Defining Robbery Under the Florida Statutes
In Florida, robbery is covered under Section 812.13. Robbery is the taking of money or property directly from another person, with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive the person or owner of the money or property, when in the course of the taking used force, violence, assault, or placed the victim in fear.
The penalties for a robbery offense depend on whether or not a firearm or a deadly weapon such as a knife or other instrument was used in the course of the robbery. The penalties for robbery in Florida include:
- If the offender carried a firearm or deadly weapon, the robbery is a felony of the first degree, punishable by up to 30 years in prison or life imprisonment, and a maximum $10,000 fine.
- If the offender carried weapon during the robbery, the robbery is a felony of the first degree, punishable by up to 30 years or life imprisonment and a maximum $10,000 fine.
- If the offender did not carry a firearm, a deadly weapon, or other weapon, then the robbery is a felony of the second degree, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.
How is a robbery case defended?
Every criminal case is unique. In cases where a crime was committed and the odds are stacked against a defendant, it can be highly beneficial for their defense counsel to negotiate a favorable plea bargain with the prosecutor.
If there are holes in a prosecution’s case, or insufficient evidence against a suspect, or if the suspect is innocent of the charges, it may be necessary to go to trial to prove that a state’s case is weak, or that the defendant is not guilty of anything. The defense strategy all depends upon the facts of the case.
With a robbery trial, the burden of proof is on the prosecutor. The prosecution must provide enough evidence to convince the jury of your guilt. The standard of proof at any criminal trial is “beyond a reasonable doubt,” and as your defense team, we strive to instill sufficient doubt in the minds of the jury by challenging the evidence and poking holes in the prosecution’s case.