Committing a crime in Florida does not mean that your life is over. It does not mean that you will be in jail for years on end. It all depends on the crime you committed, the evidence collected and how strong the defense to the charges are that you built with your defense attorney. Today, we will take a look at the requirements for a robbery charge in Orlando.

In order for you to be charged with robbery in Florida, the following requirements need to be met:

  • An intent to steal by taking;
  • The personal property belonging to someone else;
  • From their presence;
  • Against their will;
  • Using a threat of force, intimidation or violence

The final requirement is the most important one. In order for a crime to be considered robbery, it must include the threat of force or some form of violence or intimidation. Because of this, a common question that arises when prosecuting this crime is when the violence occurred. For example, if the violence happened as the robber was escaping the scene, a charge of robbery might not be appropriate.

Most robbery charges are levied as second-degree felonies. First-degree robbery felonies typically involve the use of a deadly weapon, such as a gun or knife.

The requirements for a robbery charge outlined in today’s post should be in the back of your mind at all times. Even if you have been wrongfully charged with robbery, you need to make sure that you did not meet the requirements for such a charge or you could be in a bit of trouble. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you develop a strong defense against the charges.