A Boca Raton man was recently arrested in West Palm Beach for robbery and felony battery after he assaulted and robbed two victims on December 23rd, according to My Palm Beach Post. He allegedly punched, kicked, and stomped on the heads and faces of his two victims, one of which, aged 56, later suffered bleeding of the brain. Video surveillance shows the attacker approach the 56-year-old outside of a restaurant and punch him in the face before kicking him in the head when the victim had fallen to the ground. The alleged attacker has a prior criminal history of marijuana possession, resisting arrest non-violently, and battery. For those violations he was sentenced to 30 days in jail and year of probation. The charges he now faces carry much heavier penalties.
Strong Arm Robbery Charges
As per Florida statute 812.13, “Robbery means the taking of money or other property which may be the subject of larceny from the person or custody of another, with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person or the owner of the money or other property, when in the course of the taking there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear.” Robbery without a weapon is a second degree felony, punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. Because the defendant’s prior record presumably does not include any felonies, just misdemeanors, he does not face the exacerbated sentencing of a repeat felony offender. However, if he had been a prison release reoffender within the past three years and his previous felony charge has also been robbery, he would have to be sentenced to 15 years in prison for committing the second degree felony of robbery.
Robbery by Sudden Snatching is a Lesser Offense
Strong arm robbery is not to be confused with robbery by sudden snatching, which is similar to robbery but without the use of force or intimidation. Pickpocketing is an example of robbery by sudden snatching, and as long as the defendant did not have a weapon on themselves during the time of the alleged crime, the charge for robbery by sudden snatching is a third degree felony, punishable by fine not to exceed $5,000 and a prison sentence of five years.
Felony Battery Charges
A felony battery charge is more severe than a charge of aggravated battery. According to Florida statute 784.041, a person who commits felony battery, “Actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other and causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement.” Additionally, for a legitimate charge of felony battery there must be a conscious intent to cause severe bodily injury or disfigurement.
Call a West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney Today
If you are being charged with a felony battery, robbery, or any other felony or misdemeanor, do not hesitate to pick the phone up today and call the Skier Law Firm at (561) 220-3355 today. We serve clients in West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas.