Robbery in Florida
If accused of Robbery in Florida, you need to know the:
Definition of Robbery
Under Florida Statute 812.13(1), the crime of Robbery, also referred to as Strong Arm Robbery, is committed when a person intentionally and unlawfully takes money or property from another person through the use of force, violence, assault, or threat.
In addition to Strong Arm Robbery, Florida criminalizes the following variations of Robbery:
- Robbery by Sudden Snatching,
- Robbery with a Deadly Weapon,
- Robbery with a Firearm,
- Home Invasion Robbery, and
Penalties for Robbery
The crime of Robbery (aka Strong Arm Robbery) is classified as a Second Degree Felony and is assigned a Level 6 offense severity ranking under Florida's Criminal Punishment Code.
If convicted of Robbery, a judge can impose any combination of the following penalties:
- Up to fifteen (15) years in prison.
- Up to fifteen (15) years of probation.
- Up to $10,000 in fines.
Defenses to Robbery
It is a defense to the crime of Robbery if the taking of property occurred as an afterthought to the use of force or violence. (However, the taking may still constitute theft or Robbery by Sudden Snatching.) 
For example, if two people got into a fight, resulting in one of the two being knocked out, it would not be Robbery to take the watch from the unconscious person's wrist, because the taking of the watch was an afterthought that occurred after the fight had concluded. (Although it would constitute the lesser offense of Robbery by Sudden Snatching.)
Claim of Right Defense
Under Florida law, a forcible taking of property under a bona fide claim of right is not robbery where the taker has a good faith belief that he is the owner, or is entitled to immediate possession, of the property. 
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