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Robbery Defense Lawyer in Orlando, Florida (FL)
Aggressive Robbery Charge Representation When Arrested, Charged With a Theft Crime in Orange County, Florida.
Robbery is among the most serious criminal charges that a person can face in Florida. Robbery will usually be a first-degree felony and could potentially result inalife sentence. The dire consequencesof conviction of robbery are intensified by the passage of the 10/20/Life law which imposes severe mandatory minimum sentences for crimes involving a firearm. Given your exposure tostiffpenalties,if you have been arrested and charged with robbery, you should refuse to talk to law enforcement authorities and immediately assert your right to have an attorney present.
Seasoned Orlando criminal defense attorney Beryl Thompson-McClary has skilland insider knowledge acquired as a former Florida State’s Attorney. When you are facing the prospect of spending the rest of your life behind bars, you want an attorney who is prepared to force the State to prove its case at trial rather than accept a premature plea offer from the prosecutor. During her 27 years handling cases in Florida, Beryl Thompson-McClary had tried over 350 cases.
Robbery Charge in Florida [Florida Statute § 812.13(1)]
When prosecutors pursue a conviction for robbery (also referredto as Strong Arm Robbery) under Florida criminal laws, they must prove the following beyond a reasonable doubt:
The accused took property or money from the person or custody of the complaining witness;
The items taken had intrinsicvalue;
The property was taken by threat, force, violence or assault;
The accused had the specific intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the victim of the benefit or use of the property.
Conviction of the offense of strong arm robbery in Florida constitutes a2nd -degree felony. The punishment for the offense could include any combination of the following:
- Maximum up to 15 years in prison
- Maximum up to 15 years in probation
- Up to $10,000 fine
Robbery by Sudden Snatching
This is the least serious form of robbery under Florida law. This form or robbery will be charged when the victim only knows of the robbery as the offense is being committed. Further, the accused cannot have used force beyondthat necessary to take the item. This 3rd-degreefelony is punishable by five years in prisonif no weapon is involved.
Robbery with a Deadly Weapon (Armed Robbery)
When the commissionof a robbery involves a firearm, this constitutes the most serious type of robbery charge. If an accused has a firearm at the scene of a robbery, he or she faces a ten-yearminimum sentence. If a round is discharged during the robbery, the prosecutor can seek a 20-yearminimum. The accused will face 25 years to life if someone is injured by the discharge of a firearm during the robbery.
Defenses to Robbery Charge
If you or a family member has been charged with robbery, experiencedOntario robbery defense attorney Beryl Thompson-McClary tenaciously defends her client’srights. While the precise defense strategy utilized in your case will depend on the circumstancesand facts, examples of defenses she might employ include:
- False allegations based on ulterior motives
- No use of force or threat of force
- Faulty eyewitness identification
- Honest belief you had a claim of right to the property
Contact the Law Offices of Beryl Thompson-McClary P.A. Today
If your future is threatened by pending felony charges, exemplary legal representation is essential. You should refuse to talk to the police and assertyour right to have an attorney present. We have law offices in Orlando and practice in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard,and Volusia counties. To schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney, you can call our office at 888-640-2999.
Special Issues Involving Celebrities Accused of Crimes
Beryl Thompson-McClary, Esq. has developed a reputation for tenacious but discrete representation of high-profile individuals accused of crimes, such as celebrities, professional athletes, CEOs, professionals, and entertainers, and others. She is sensitive to the reality that lingering accusation and negative publicity can destroy reputations, earning potential, and even careers. We have law offices in Orlando and practice in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard, and Volusia counties. To schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney, you can call our office at 1-888-640-2999.
Contact Us Today to Protect Your Future
When you are under the specter of drug charges, you liberty, reputation, and future are placed in peril. At the Law Offices of Beryl Thompson-McClary, P.A., our attorneys are committed to tenaciously taking on the government while protecting the rights of our clients. We have law offices in Orlando and practice in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard, and Volusia counties. To schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney, you can call our office at 1-888-640-2999.
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