Robbery with a Firearm in Florida
If accused of Robbery with a Firearm in Florida, you need to know the:
- Definition of Robbery with a Firearm
- Penalties for Robbery with a Firearm
- Defenses to Robbery with a Firearm
Definition of Robbery with a Firearm
The crime of Robbery with a Firearm is defined as:
- The intentional and unlawful taking of money or property from another person;
- Through the use of force, violence, assault, or threat;
- While in the possession of a firearm.
Importantly, it is not necessary that the firearm be used to effectuate the force, violence, assault, or threat; it is enough that the firearm was in the perpetrator's possession during the robbery.
Penalties for Robbery with a Firearm
The crime of Robbery with a Firearm is classified as a First Degree and is assigned a Level 9 offense severity ranking under Florida's Criminal Punishment Code.
If convicted of Robbery with a Firearm, a judge is required to impose a minimum prison sentence of either the 10/20/Life Firearm Enhancement or 48 months in prison and can also impose any combination of the following penalties:
- Up to life in prison.
- Up to life on probation.
- Up to $15,000 in fines.
10/20/Life Firearm Enhancement
A person convicted of actually possessing a firearm during the commission of a Robbery, as opposed to being an unarmed accomplice, is subject to the possibility of being sentenced under Florida's 10/20/Life statute.
Under the 10/20/Life statute, and depending on how the firearm was used, a person convicted of Robbery with a Firearm could receive one of the following minimum-mandatory prison sentences:
- A minimum 10 year prison term;
- A minimum 20 year prison term if the firearm was discharged; and
- A minimum 25 year prison term if someone is injured or killed by a firearm.
Defenses to Robbery with a Firearm
The primary defenses to the crime of Robbery with a Firearm are:
- False Accusation
Contact Criminal Defense Lawyer Richard Hornsby
If you have been arrested or charged with the crime of Robbery with a Firearm in Central Florida, please contact Criminal Defense Lawyer Richard Hornsby today.
The initial consultation is free and I am always available to advise you on the proper course of action that can be taken.