Under the Texas Penal Code, a robbery crime can be committed in two different ways: robbery and aggravated robbery, also known as armed robbery. Robbery is another aspect of theft crimes, taking of another’s property with the primary intention of depriving them of it. Robbery is characterized as committing a theft while recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally causing bodily injury to another.
A robbery charge can be enhanced to an aggravated robbery if the accused was committing the crime while also brandishing or using a deadly weapon. It is also considered an aggravated robbery if the victim was threatened, feared bodily injury or death, was over 65 years of age or was disabled developmentally, physically, or mentally.
Penalties for Robbery Crimes
In Texas, Robbery is a second degree felony, carrying a punishment of 2-20 years in a state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Aggravated robbery has a more severe penalty as it is classified as a first degree felony, resulting in 5-99 years in a state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Experienced Attorney & Former Prosecutor
If you have been arrested and charged with robbery or aggravated robbery, there is hope, but it is crucial that you immediately contact an experienced defense attorney. At the office of John C. Rentz we will efficiently and effectively work to protect your rights and guide you through the legal process. There are several defenses we can create for you depending on your unique situation. Don’t waste any time, the sooner we get involved, the better your chances are.
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