South Florida police reports from the past five months show that of 13 men who were robbed by Flirty women meeting men at upscale bars, scamming invitations back to the men’s homes, then making off with Rolex watches, iPhones, cameras, handguns and credit cards. The women they took home allegedly drugged them.
A very common theft crime in Florida is mugging. This offense is a “crime of dishonesty” that can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on a number of circumstances and prior convictions of the accused. This type of theft normally involves a scenario where one steals or tries to steal property from a person in many cases without force, and sometimes with force. Grand Theft involves taking property or goods valued over $300, meaning this crime can be charged as a first degree felony if certain factors are present. Many times, what was intended to be a mugging may turn into an armed robbery.
Proper Robbery arrests in Florida should result from a theft coupled with a threat, or use of force or violence. For many of the women that will eventually be accused of these crimes, the charges may be for armed robbery, as so were accused of stealing guns. Armed Robbery in Florida is defined as the criminal act of stealing another person’s property, without consent, while in the possession of a weapon such as a gun or knife. The sentence for an arrest and conviction for robbery will depend on the prior criminal history of the accused, if one had committed prior violent offenses, the type of weapon that was used, if the alleged victim sustained bodily injury during the crime, and the value of the property stolen.
If one is found to have fired a weapon during the robbery, one may be serve a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence. The sentence one receives depends on many factors including prior criminal history, what kind of weapon was used, if there is a history of violent offenses, how much the stolen property was worth and whether or not the victim was injured. One can be certain that the armed robbery charges may be accused of will be taken seriously by the State, resulting in a hard fight to obtain a conviction.
The arrest for use of a firearm during a robbery may carry 3-year minimum if the person is a convicted felon and a 10-year minimum-mandatory sentence if the 10-20-Life sentence enhancement is charged. The discharge of the firearm may bring a 20-year minimum-mandatory, and if a serious injury results from the use of a firearm, a defendant may face 25 years with a mandatory-minimum up to a life sentence. Robbery charges are generally second- or third-degree felonies but can be up to a life felony, as well. Strong Armed Robbery (mugging) is the taking of property from the person or custody of a person by force.
In this particular case, for those women accused of stealing guns, the State attorney may allege that the women used the stolen guns in completion of the crime, possibly causing mortal fear in the victim. The evidence usually does not look good for someone accused of robbery of this type, especially if stolen items are found in a suspect’s house or car. If one is under investigation or has been arrested on robbery charges, one will need to obtain an experienced Jacksonville theft crimes defense attorney to fight the case.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source: Beware bar-hopping temptresses who drug then rob men, Tonya Alanez, Sun Sentinel