In South Florida and in the Counties of Broward, Miami Dade, Palm Beach and in the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach, robbery is when a person takes money or other type of property with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive the person of the property, when using some form of violence, force or inflicting fear.
In Florida, a crime of robbery may be classified as either a first degree offense or second degree. The element that makes the difference between a first degree and a second degree felony is the existence of a firearm.
Four elements need to be proven in order for a person to be convicted of a robbery. The defendant took the property, by a use of any form of violence or threat, the property had some value and there was an intent to deprive the person permanently or temporarily of the property.
For more information, call a South Florida criminal defense attorney for a free consultation.