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West Palm Beach Robbery & Carjacking Lawyer

Robbery is stealing property with force or the threat of force.  When the property being taken is a motor vehicle, the crime is called Carjacking.  Carjacking is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, assuming no firearm or deadly weapon has been used.  As with other offenses, the use of a weapon increases the potential punishment and seriousness of the crime.  Robbery can be charged as a first, second or third degree felony depending on how it was committed.  Sometimes, the government will charge Robbery by Sudden Snatching, punishable by 5 years in prison.  An example of Robbery by Sudden Snatching is when a purse is snatched from the owner as they are carrying it.  If the owner of the purse were accosted at gun point and told to hand over the purse, the government would charge Robbery with a firearm instead, which makes the potential punishment life in prison.  A simple Robbery without snatching or a weapon is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Contact our experienced West Palm Beach robbery & carjacking lawyers to learn more today.

Robbery Statute

Florida Statute, 812.13 Robbery

(1) “Robbery” means the taking of money or other property which may be the subject of larceny from the person or custody of another, with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person or the owner of the money or other property, when in the course of the taking there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear.
(2)(a) If in the course of committing the robbery the offender carried a firearm or other deadly weapon, then the robbery is a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life imprisonment or as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(b) If in the course of committing the robbery the offender carried a weapon, then the robbery is a felony of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(c) If in the course of committing the robbery the offender carried no firearm, deadly weapon, or other weapon, then the robbery is a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(3)(a) An act shall be deemed “in the course of committing the robbery” if it occurs in an attempt to commit robbery or in flight after the attempt or commission.
(b) An act shall be deemed “in the course of the taking” if it occurs either prior to, contemporaneous with, or subsequent to the taking of the property and if it and the act of taking constitute a continuous series of acts or events.

Carjacking Statute

Florida Statute, 806.133 Carjacking

(1) “Carjacking” means the taking of a motor vehicle which may be the subject of larceny from the person or custody of another, with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person or the owner of the motor vehicle, when in the course of the taking there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear.
(2)(a) If in the course of committing the carjacking the offender carried a firearm or other deadly weapon, then the carjacking is a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life imprisonment or as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(b) If in the course of committing the carjacking the offender carried no firearm, deadly weapon, or other weapon, then the carjacking is a felony of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(3)(a) An act shall be deemed “in the course of committing the carjacking” if it occurs in an attempt to commit carjacking or in flight after the attempt or commission.
(b) An act shall be deemed “in the course of the taking” if it occurs either prior to, contemporaneous with, or subsequent to the taking of the property and if it and the act of taking constitute a continuous series of acts or events.

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