HOME INVASION ROBBERY
Home Invasion Robbery Defense Attorney
According to Florida Statute 812.135 the crime of Home Invasion Robbery is defined as any person who enters a dwelling with the intent to unlawfully take money or property from the occupants through the use of force, violence, assault, or threat.
The crime of Home Invasion Robbery is a first-degree felony and is a Level 8 offense under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code. Home Invasion Robbery is punishable by:
- up to thirty years in prison (minimum prison sentence of 34.5 months);
- up to thirty years of probation; and
- a $10,000 fine.
If the defendant commits a Home Invasion Robbery with a weapon or firearm, they may face elevated penalties, as the crime is increased to a Level 10 offense under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code (minimum prison sentence of 66 months in prison).
If the weapon used is a firearm, depending upon how the firearm was use could result in punishment under Florida’ 10-20-Life law. As set forth in Florida Statute 775.087(a)(1), the 10-20-Life would sentence the defendant to one of the following mandatory minimum prison sentences:
- 10 years in prison if in possession of a firearm during the crime;
- 20 years in prison if the firearm was discharged during the crime; and
- 25 years in prison if someone is injured or killed by the firearm as a result of the crime.
Home Invasion Robbery may be combated with several defenses established by the details and facts of the case. Possible defenses include:
- Defendant was merely present at the scene of the crime (with or without knowledge of the crime being committed);
- The accusations against defendant are false (e.g. defendant had permission from owner);
- Insufficient evidence;
- The witness misidentified perpetrator.
If you find yourself standing accused of Home Invasion Robbery you need to be sure you have a good lawyer on your side. Facing Home Invasion Robbery charges, can be tricky without the proper representation. For a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Orlando, contact Sercombe Law. We routinely handle matters in Orange County and nearby jurisdictions.