Robbery Laws in Texas
Houston Theft Defense Attorney
Robbery is among the most serious theft crimes under Texas law, and it
is chargeable as a felony criminal offense. The crime of robbery is defined
in chapter 29 of the Texas Penal Code as a
theft crime during which the perpetrator "intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly
causes bodily injury to another," or "intentionally or knowingly
threatens or places another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death."
Sentencing for Robbery Charges
Robbery is charged as a second-degree felony, which carries a minimum prison
sentence of 2 years and a maximum sentence of 20 years, along with fines
ranging up to $10,000. If you are accused of causing serious bodily injury
to the victim, using or exhibiting a deadly weapon during the theft offense,
or injuring or threatening to injure a person who is elderly or disabled,
you can be charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. Aggravated
robbery is punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and a prison sentence
ranging from 5 to 99 years or life.
How to Handle Robbery Allegations
The one thing you must not do when you are under investigation for robbery
is to waive your right to remain silent. If you have been contacted by
investigators in connection with a robbery case, in all likelihood they
only want to talk to you because they believe that you are the robber.
By agreeing to discuss the situation, you will only be helping them in
their investigation by providing them with evidence. Instead, protect
your rights by referring any requests for information to Guerra &
Farah, PLLC as your legal representation.
Charged with robbery? Get help from an experienced defense lawyer!
There are many effective strategies for defending against robbery charges.
To begin with, your Houston
criminal defense lawyer may approach the case by making the prosecutor prove that you were
even present at the scene of the crime, let alone that you actually committed
the offense. You are legally presumed innocent until proven guilty, so
unless the prosecutor can prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,
you cannot be convicted.
Perhaps you have been mistakenly identified as the robber, or maybe you
have been targeted with false allegations made by an accuser who has a
motive to see you convicted. In some cases, robbery charges can be defeated
by arguing that the defendant had reason to believe that he or she had
a right to take the property.
Contact Guerra & Farah, PLLC now to enlist the experienced defense of our firm or fill out a
free case evaluation to learn more!