Robbery Defense Attorney Tampa
Florida robbery charges range in severity depending on the particular facts of the alleged conduct. However, regardless of what actually happened and whether or not anyone was harmed, a robbery charge is not something to be taken lightly. Robbery convictions in Florida have resulted in numerous individuals serving a significant amount of jail time that is required by state law. Even if convicted individuals are able to avoid jail time, they face multiple hurdles that prevent them from living a relatively functional life, such as being on long-term probation and having a blemished criminal record that will prevent you from obtaining the job of your choice or attending a particular university.
If you have been charged with robbery in Florida, the sooner you are able to speak with a Tampa Theft Defense Attorney, the sooner you will have a plan of action to fight the criminal charges against you. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. prepares each client for what to expect when facing a robbery charge, providing them with the information they need to understand the situation they are dealing with and what options they have to move forward. Feelings of helplessness can make an already stressful and frightening situation much worse. Having Tampa Robbery Defense Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A. by your side to handle your criminal matter will relieve you of at least some of the stress you are dealing with.
Robbery in Florida
Under Florida law, an individual may be charged with and convicted of robbery in a variety of circumstances. All robbery charges are considered felonies, and are separated into the following classifications:
- Second Degree Robbery – An individual may be charged with and convicted of second degree robbery if he or she takes money or other property from another person with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive that person of the money or property, and does so by use of force, violence, assault, or by placing the person in fear.
- First Degree Robbery – An individual may be charged with and found guilty of first degree robbery if he or she takes money or other property from another person with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive that person of the money or property, and does so by use of force, violence, assault, or by placing the person in fear in addition to carrying and/or using a firearm or other deadly weapon.
Because robbery is taken so seriously in Florida, there are mandatory minimum sentences that come into play if an individual is ultimately convicted of robbery. Further, even if an individual is only charged with attempted robbery, he or she still faces a potentially long jail term if convicted. If convicted of robbery, you face the following mandatory jail sentences:
- 10 years if you were in possession of a firearm or deadly weapon at the time of the alleged robbery;
- 20 years if you discharged or set off a firearm or deadly weapon at the time of the alleged robbery; and
- 25 years if you injured another person at the time of the alleged robbery, or if a person was killed in the course of the alleged robbery.
“Mandatory minimum sentences can effectively change your life forever. You may never be able to pursue your goals of attending college or finding long-term employment. You also will be away from your loved ones for a long period of time. Because of these harsh consequences associated with Florida’s robbery laws, you will need aggressive yet reasonable legal counsel in order to avoid a mandatory minimum sentence.
How a Tampa Robbery Defense Attorney Can Help You
Given that a robbery conviction may result in mandatory jail time, this crime is considered to be much more serious than many other crimes, such as drug possession, for example. Even if you did not intend to harm another individual, you still face severe consequences simply because another person’s life has been put at risk. As such, in order to fight your Florida burglary charge, you will need a very strong defense to keep yourself out of jail. Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A. uses all available resources to build the best defense possible for your Florida robbery charge.
The first thing Marc A. Joseph, P.A. will do when evaluating your case will be to determine if there are grounds for having your Florida robbery charge dismissed. No matter how much evidence law enforcement officials may have regarding your robbery charge, there is always the chance that the charge can be dismissed. Whether your constitutional rights have been violated, or the evidence available is simply insufficient to link you to the alleged robbery, Marc A. Joseph, P.A. will do what is necessary to seek dismissal of your Florida robbery charge(s).
If Marc A. Joseph, P.A. does not believe there are grounds to have your Florida robbery charge(s) dismissed, then he will work diligently to reach an outcome on your behalf that is fair and reasonable given the particular facts of your case. For example, if you were charged with robbing an individual walking down the street, and you did not possess or use a weapon, you may be able to avoid jail time if you can show the act of robbery did not result in harm to another person. However, it is important to understand that there are no guarantees with any criminal charge, and no matter how hard your attorney works, and how good your defense is, you may still be facing jail time, especially if a weapon was involved in the alleged robbery.
Obtaining legal counsel is not always an easy task when you are facing serious criminal charges, as you already have enough to think about. After being arrested, the first person you speak with should be an attorney, even though you would rather make contact with your loved ones. Given the sensitive nature of criminal charges in that your constitutional rights always come into play, you should place your trust in the hands of a skilled Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney.
Contact Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A. Today for a Free Consultation
Robbery is one of the more serious crimes in Florida, as it involves the threat of harm or actual harm or death to another individual. Because the consequences of being convicted of robbery in Florida are so severe, it cannot be stressed enough that you need a seasoned Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney handling your robbery charge from the time you have been arrested going forward. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. is a Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney with more than 16 years of experience providing his clients with outstanding legal representation. No two robbery charges will be identical, as each client’s case presents its own unique set of facts. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. is prepared to take on any robbery charge, no matter how challenging it will be to defend the case. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. places his clients’ rights and interests first when defending them against serious criminal charges. If you or someone you know has been charged with robbery in Florida, contact Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A. today by calling (813) 234-6374 to schedule your free consultation. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. also defends those who have been charged with or accused of Dealing in Stolen Property in Tampa and is available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns.