Robbery is stealing property with force or the threat of force.  When the property being taken is a motor vehicle, the crime is called Carjacking.  Carjacking is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, assuming no firearm or deadly weapon has been used.  As with other offenses, the use of a weapon increases the potential punishment and seriousness of the crime.  Robbery can be charged as a first, second or third degree felony depending on how it was committed.  Sometimes, the government will charge Robbery by Sudden Snatching, punishable by 5 years in prison.  An example of Robbery by Sudden Snatching is when a purse is snatched from the owner as they are carrying it.  If the owner of the purse were accosted at gun point and told to hand over the purse, the government would charge Robbery with a firearm instead, which makes the potential punishment life in prison.  A simple Robbery without snatching or a weapon is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Click here to read the Florida Robbery Statute

Click here to read the Florida Carjacking Statute

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