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Robbery means the taking of money or other property 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. Therefore, in simpler terms, a robbery is two crimes rolled into one. It is a theft while committing an assault or battery. Ironically, when done at separate times, an assault and a petit theft are very minor crimes; however, when done at the same time, it creates a very serious felony. The facts creating a robbery can differ greatly. Although most people think of robberies as involving trained gangs laying siege to a bank with automatic weapons, a school bully threatening to beat up another kid for lunch money is also robbery

In most cases, a robbery is a second degree punishable by a maximum of 15 years in prison. This is referred to as a strong arm robbery. However 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 up to life imprisonment. This is known as armed robbery.

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An experienced criminal lawyer will always explore issues like mistaken identity, whether there is an alibi, false confessions, or a lack of fingerprints or physical evidence. If evidence is obtained illegally, a motion to suppress can result in evidence or incriminating statements being excluded. Specifically to robbery charges, a good criminal attorney will explore whether the state can prove that the violence or threat of

violence occurred during the course of the taking, or whether the taking and the violence or threat of violence should be considered separate acts.

I have defended hundreds of clients and have had over 80 jury trials - all for the defense. I believe criminal defense lawyers who gain the reputation for fighting the hardest gets the most favorable results. I am proud to protect our constitutional rights by battling

prosecutors, judges, and cops in trial. I am completely committed to protecting the innocent and the wrongfully accused and I am very proud that I have NEVER been a state prosecutor. I HAVE NEVER PROSECUTED A CRIMINAL CASE AND I NEVER WILL!

Though the most important function of a criminal defense attorney is putting on a vigorous defense at trial, there are other ways that I can help defend your rights.

I can negotiate with the State to try to have the charges reduced or dismissed through tough negotiations and by filing motions. Also, defendants in criminal cases are interested in resolving their cases by entering into a plea bargain as long as they are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. I can attempt to obtain a downward departure in or for you to avoid a prison sentence Although I am an aggressive criminal lawyer, this has not diminished my professional relationships with

the prosecutors at the Office of the State Attorney.

I am an experienced Board Certified Trial Specialist. Less than one percent of attorneys in Florida are Board Certified. Only Board Certified attorneys are permitted to call themselves specialists or experts in Criminal Law. Common sense dictates that you don't hire a family doctor to perform brain surgery - you hire a specialist. Likewise, because your freedom is at stake, don't make the mistake of hiring a criminal lawyer

who isn't recognized by the Florida Bar as a specialist in criminal law. Instead, hire a criminal attorney who is Board Certified.

If you need a criminal lawyer because you are charged with robbery in Clearwater, New Port Richey, or somewhere else in the Tampa Bay area, don't hesitate to call an experienced board certified criminal attorney. We offer Free Consultations and individually suited Payment Plans.