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While many crimes come under the Property Crime umbrella, generally, property crimes take the form of BURGLARY, ROBBERY, and THEFT. While they are all similar, there are some key differences in each charge.

The key element of Burglary in Florida is when a person enters the dwelling, structure, or conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein, unless the premises are open to the public, or the defendant was licensed or invited to enter.

Robbery, under Florida law, is the taking of money or other property … 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.

If the police are accusing you of using a weapon in the robbery, you could be facing a lengthy prison sentence.

Theft is similar to Robbery, but without the element of the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear. Theft is the when one knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently the other person of a right to the property or benefit from the property or appropriate the property for his own use when not entitled to use the property.

If you or a loved one are charged with a property crime such as burglary, theft, or robbery, there are possible defenses. Believe it or not, people are often mistakenly arrested for "stealing" their own property. This occurs more than you would believe! Call us now.

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