Robbery is the act of unlawfully taking money or property from an individual or entity by use of force, violence, assault or instilling fear of physical harm on to the victim or those associated with the victim.
Typical acts prosecuted in Stuart include purse snatching, carjacking, bank robbery and home invasion.
Because robbery is a violent crime, it is considered a felony. The degree depends on the amount of force used.
First degree robbery occurs if the perpetrator carried a firearm or other deadly weapon during the crime’s commission. It is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Second degree robbery occurs when no deadly weapon was involved, or in the act of “sudden snatching” where the offender carried a firearm or other deadly weapon. A second degree felony can carry a 15-year sentence.
Sudden snatching with no force is a third degree felony punishable with up to 5 years in prison.
Regardless of the degree, any felony is extremely serious. The minute you are questioned by law enforcement in Stuart, you need to hire a competent, experienced defense attorney with expertise in this area. Your situation is even more urgent if you have been charged.
The sooner you hire an experienced defense attorney, the sooner the facts can be investigated and witnesses interviewed. Additionally, your defense attorney can immediately look for ways evidence might have been improperly obtained and can speak to the prosecutor. At The Law Office of Joshua W. Deckard, within our own investigation, we are sometimes able to have your case dismissed or negotiate options with the prosecutor that do not include jail time.
Being found guilty of a felony can ruin your life and that of your family. It can impact your freedom, your finances, your reputation and your ability to earn a living. When your life is in the hands of The Law Office of Joshua W. Deckard, we fight for your rights and protect you throughout this complicated process.
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