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If you have been convicted of robbery in Tampa, FL, you might be facing serious punishments, like jail time and financial restitution. We understand that people make mistakes and deserve a second chance. The first step toward that goal is to try to get the least amount of jail time (or no jail time at all) and little to no restitution. And, in order to reach that goal, you should hire a knowledgeable Tampa robbery defense attorney. Taracks & Associates are there for you during this stressful time.
Why Choose Us?
There are many Tampa robbery defense lawyers out there. However, the lawyers at Taracks & Associates stand above the rest for many reasons. Some of the reasons to hire us to defend you in your case are:
- Our team includes a former prosecutor who understands your case from the point of view of the state. We use this knowledge to tenaciously defend your case.
- Barry Taracks has a history of practicing in both state and federal courts. While we primarily practice in the Tampa Bay Area, we can assist in referring you to an attorney outside of Mr. Taracks’ geographical practice.
- We have defended clients in hundreds of jury trials, which gives us the experience to understand how to speak with juries to get the best outcome.
The robbery defense attorneys at Taracks & Associates will do all we can to keep you out of jail and get you the second chance you deserve. So, give us a call today at 813-990-0599 to discuss your case. We offer free consultations and case reviews.
How Can a Tampa Robbery Defense Attorney Can Help You?
You may think that you can handle your robbery arrest on your own. It is important to understand that you will be going against an aggressive prosecutor who wants to get the highest punishment possible, especially if you were arrested for armed robbery. You should counter this with a dedicated fighter of your own. There are many ways that a Tampa robbery defense lawyer can help you, including the following:
- Initially meet with you to discuss the specifics of your case and come up with possible defenses.
- Obtain the police report from the incident as well as any evidence that the prosecutor has against you.
- Speak with the prosecutors and work on obtaining a plea deal that works for all parties involved.
- Write and file any documents with the court on time and in the proper legal fashion.
- Go to court and present your case to the jury and judge.
- File an appeal if you feel that you are wrongfully convicted of the charges against you.
If your friend was arrested for robbery or any crime, you would probably recommend to them that they hire a robbery defense attorney for their defense. You should take your own advice and call Taracks & Associates today at 813-990-0599.
Florida Robbery Laws
There are certain elements that must be met and proved beyond a reasonable doubt under Florida Statute Section 812.13 in order to be convicted of robbery. These elements include the following:
- The Defendant took money or other property from the person or custody of another; and
- The Defendant had the intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the owner of the property or money from that property; and
- The Defendant when in the course of taking used force, violence, assault, or putting in fear.
In relation to robbery charges, the jury is instructed and given certain definitions they must be aware of to properly assess whether or not a conviction should be made. An example of this is the term “in the course of taking.” This means that “the act occurred prior to, contemporaneous with, or subsequent to the taking of the property and that the act and the taking of the property constitute continuous series of acts or events.”
If the circumstances surrounding the robbery place the victim in fear of death or great bodily harm if he or she does resist, Florida law does not require that the victim of the robbery offer any actual physical resistance. However, unless the individual was not prevented by fear, there must be some resistance to make the taking be one done by force or violence.
Penalties for Robbery in Tampa, FL
Under Florida law, the penalties of a robbery crime can be enhanced if the jury determines beyond a reasonable doubt that while committing the robbery the defendant was carrying some form of weapon. Other enhanced penalties can apply if the jury finds that the weapon used by the defendant was a deadly weapon or firearm.
Robbery is a serious theft crime that is charged as a felony in the state of Florida. Punishments for robbery crimes vary depending on whether or not a firearm or weapon was used during the commission of the crime. If no firearm or weapon was used while committing the crime, the defendant will be charged with a second degree felony which is punishable by a maximum of fifteen years in state prison. If the defendant was carrying or using a firearm or deadly weapon, the defendant will be charged with a first degree felony. Punishment includes up to thirty years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
Taracks & Associates Answers Your Robbery Defense Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that you will have many questions about your case when we initially meet with you. However, there are common questions we get from clients that we want to share with you here:
Will I Definitely Go Jail if Convicted?
If you are convicted of robbery in Tampa, you could be punished to up to 15 years in jail. That said, we will diligently defend your case to limit the amount of jail time you get.
Can My Robbery Charges Be Expunged?
In some circumstances, your record can be expunged, especially if the state dismisses or drops your case. Also, we can try to expunge your robbery record while making plea discussions with the prosecutor.
I am Innocent of the Charges Against Me. What Can You do?
If you are truly innocent of the charges against you, we will find the evidence that proves it. But, it is important that you be honest with us, so we can put forward our best defense.
Will My Case Go To Trial?
Your case may go to trial, but it will depend on many factors, including the prosecutor’s willingness to come to a plea deal and if that is the right decision for you. We can definitely take your case to trial if it comes to that.
Protect Your Future – Call Today
An allegation of robbery can have a devastating impact on your reputation, current and future employment, and your livelihood. It is essential to contact a knowledgeable lawyer to work on your case and get in touch with the State Attorney’s Office to try and drop or reduce your charges.
For more information about robbery charges and how a Tampa robbery attorney from Taracks & Associates can help,contact us today.