In the state of Texas, robbery is a serious offense. Being convicted of such a crime may tarnish your reputation, cause significant financial hardship, and, most drastically, land you a lifetime in prison. Following along to learn more about the varying penalties and how an experienced Kaufman County, Texas theft lawyer at Harrell & Paulson, LLP can protect you from them.
What is the difference between simple robbery and aggravated robbery?
The state of Texas recognizes two types of robbery crimes: simple robbery and aggravated robbery. For one, simple robbery is defined as the committing of theft while knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person or entity or threatening to place another person or entity in fear of imminent bodily harm or death.
While aggravated robbery is defined similarly, the following circumstances must also be proven true beyond a reasonable doubt:
- You inflicted serious bodily injury to another person or entity.
- You used or displayed a deadly weapon to inflict harm on another person or entity, such as a gun or knife.
- You caused bodily injury to another person or entity who was at least 65 years old or who has a physical, mental, or developmental disability and was unable to protect themself from harm or who was placed in fear of imminent bodily injury or death.
What are the consequences of committing simple robbery and aggravated robbery in the state of Texas?
In the state of Texas, simple robbery is considered a second-degree felony. And as such, the penalties can be a prison sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
And as for aggravated robbery, this is considered a first-degree felony. With this, the consequences are much harsher, with a prison sentence of up to 99 years or life imprisonment.
What are the defenses I can take against my robbery charge in the state of Texas?
Usually, a common defense to a robbery accusation is that you abandoned your attempt to commit the robbery. However, in the state of Texas, even though prosecutors must have proof beyond a reasonable doubt, they generally do not have to prove that any property was taken. In other words, you can be convicted of robbery even if you do not complete the theft.
With that in mind, it is pivotal that you reach out to a skilled Kaufman County, Texas criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Our team will evaluate your case and work to reduce or altogether eliminate the penalties against you. Schedule your initial free consultation today.
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