Robbery / Burglary / Theft
If so, it is important to obtain legal representation as soon as possible. It could mean the difference between a conviction and your freedom. Florida Statute 812.13(1) states that the crime of robbery is committed when a person intentionally or unlawfully takes money or property from another person using threats, force, assault, or violence. This crime is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. The crime of burglary is committed when a person unlawfully enters or remains within a structure and has the intent to commit a crime inside. Fla. Stat. 820.02(2018). Burglary is a first degree felony if the offender makes an assault upon any person, is or becomes armed, or causes damage to the dwelling or structure in excess of $1000. The crime of theft is committed when a person takes another’s property with the intent to either temporarily or permanently deprive the person of the property.
If you are facing a charge of theft, burglary, or robbery, there is a limited window of opportunity for your attorney to act before the prosecutor makes a final decision as to the severity of the charges. In cases involving a first-time offender, it may be possible to avoid having a conviction on your record by seeking deferred adjudication. In cases involving a juvenile, it is best if the offender is represented by a lawyer who is fully knowledgeable of the juvenile court system.
At the Law Offices of Edwards & Jones, our attorneys have helped many people obtain the best possible outcomes for theft cases to include charges of:
- Possession of Stolen Goods
- Petty Theft or Larceny
- Armed Robbery
- Grand Larceny
- Home Burglaries
- Auto Theft
- Breaking & Entering
- Receiving Stolen Property
Since employers and creditors often conduct background checks, any allegation of robbery, burglary, or theft can have serious consequences. There are a number of defenses that you defense team can raise to fight for you in court, but these require a thorough and creative approach to obtain a dismissal or reduction of charges. Do not wait until your court date to begin defending your rights. Whether you are still under investigation or have already been charged, you need the services of a criminal defense attorney. Call our office at 352.377.7800 to schedule your free consultation.
DISCLAIMER: This website does not seek to nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. The content is provided "as is" and should not be construed as legal advice on any matter of criminal defense. Seek the services of a qualified attorney immediately following an arrest for any theft charge.