About Armed Robbery
Armed robbery is the use of any weapon during a robbery. It is a criminal offense, classified as a violent crime and a felony under Florida law. Being convicted of armed robbery counts as a strike under the state’s 3 Strikes Law.
If you have been charged with armed robbery you will likely be facing very aggressive prosecution. To develop a solid legal defense you may need the assistance of an experienced armed robbery attorney. The West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers at Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. can help to aggressively defend your rights in the courtroom.
Armed Robbery Penalties: First Offense
Armed robbery is classified as first degree felony under Florida Law and conviction can lead to one or more of the following penalties:
- 3 years to life in prison, depending on the weapon used
- Hefty fines
- Suspension or termination of driver’s license
- Community service
Penalties of Armed Robbery with a Firearm
While the involvement of any weapon in a robbery can lead to an armed robbery charge, the use of a firearm in an armed robbery is even more serious. Carrying, brandishing, or using a firearm during a robbery can add a significant amount of time to your prison sentence:
- Carrying or waving a firearm during the robbery can result in a 10-year increase of your sentence.
- Firing the firearm during the robbery can add 20 or more years to your sentence, depending on how severe the use of the firearm is judged to be.
Facing armed robbery charges means that you are likely facing eyewitness, photo, or video evidence against you and a prosecutor pushing for a severe sentence. To help make sure your rights are protected during your trial, you should start preparing your case with a criminal defense attorney immediately.
Armed robbery is a severe sentence that requires a strong, smart legal defense to create a solid case. If you or someone you know has been charged with armed robbery, contact the West Palm Beach criminal attorney, Eric N. Klein, P.A. at 561-353-2800.