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What to Know When Facing Robbery / Burglary Charges

If you have been charged with robbery or burglary, do not waste any time employing the services of a trusted, experienced lawyer as quickly as possible. Robbery and burglary are serious crimes with stiff, unrelenting penalties. If you are charged with one of these crimes, what do you need to know before your court date? Continue reading to learn more.

If you find yourself in this alarming situation, do not panic. The Hoffman Firm has an expert legal team lead by Miami Criminal Defense Attorney Evan Hoffman, who is a former prosecutor and an experienced criminal lawyer. The Hoffman Firm can help you if you are under investigation for this serious crime; to learn more about us and our services, call (305) 928-1669 or contact us online.

Our violent crimes services include:

  • 10-20-Life Law
  • Assault/Aggravated Assault
  • Battery On LEO
  • Battery/Aggravated Battery
  • Carjacking
  • Firearm Offenses
  • Robbery/Burglary

According to, robbery is also referred to as “strong arm robbery” and is covered under chapter 812 of the Florida Criminal Code. Robbery is defined as the intentional and unlawful taking of money or property from another person through the use of force, violence, assault, or threat.

The state of Florida criminalizes the following variations of robbery in addition to strong-arm robbery: robbery by sudden snatching, robbery with a deadly weapon, robbery with a firearm, home invasion robbery, and lastly, carjacking.

Robbery, also known as strong-arm robbery, is classified as a second-degree felony and is assigned a Level 6 offense severity ranking under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code. For convictions of robbery, a judge may impose any combination of up to fifteen years in prison, up to fifteen years of probation, and up to $10,000 in fines.

Burglary, on the other hand, is covered under chapter 810 of the Florida Criminal Code and is described as unlawfully entering a dwelling, structure, or conveyance with the intent to commit a crime inside; lawfully entering a dwelling, structure, or conveyance, but then remaining inside either surreptitiously, with the intent to commit a crime, after permission to remain has been withdrawn, with the intent to commit a crime inside, or with the intent to commit a forcible felony

The penalties for burglary depend upon the type of burglary that is committed: burglary of a dwelling, burglary of a structure, burglary of an occupied structure, burglary of an unoccupied structure, or burglary of a conveyance.

If you are facing either or both of these charges, you must be proactive in seeking a lawyer who will defend your rights and can provide you with a good plan of action.

Regardless of your circumstances and even if the state or federal government might be likely to get a conviction, the law offices of The Hoffman Firm will fight in your defense. Would you like to learn more about our Pembroke Pines Criminal Defense Attorney services and how we can fight for you? Call us at (305) 928-1669 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.

Did You Know?

According to, in 2009 there were an estimated 2,199,125 burglaries – a decrease of 1.3 percent when compared with 2008 data.

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