Have You Been Charged with Robbery?
Looney, Smith & Conrad, P.C., Criminal Defense Law Firm
Houston Robbery Attorney serving the entire United States
Since 1995 criminal defense trial attorney Paul Looney has litigated
60 criminal jury trials with zero final convictions
Successful Robbery Defense Attorneys
Robbery is the use of force or the threat of force to take someone else’s property. Being convicted of robbery charges almost always means serving jail time followed by a lengthy probationary period.
Common types of robbery include mugging, carjacking, purse snatching, and bank robberies.
Robbery Versus Burglary
Robbery is using force or the threat of force to take another person’s property. Burglary occurs when a person breaks into and enters a building (or vehicle) and steals items inside. There is no violence or threat of violence, as the building often is unoccupied at the time. If a person uses violence against homeowners in the process of burglarizing their house, assault charges may be added to the burglary charges.
In Texas, to convict a defendant of robbery, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that while committing theft (taking another person’s property with the intention of depriving him or her of it), the defendant intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another. Alternately, the prosecutor may prove the defendant intentionally, knowingly or recklessly threatened the victim or caused the victim to fear bodily injury or death.
Aggravated Robbery (Armed Robbery)
Aggravated robbery may involve the use of a deadly weapon, such as a gun or knife, to take the property of another. This offense is traditionally known as “armed robbery,” but that term is no longer used in Texas law.
In Texas, the crime of robbery can also be elevated to aggravated robbery if, in addition to the criteria for proving a case of robbery, the prosecutor can prove the defendant used or exhibited a deadly weapon, and/or the victim who was threatened or placed in fear of bodily injury or death was an individual 65 years of age or older, or was disabled either physically, mentally or developmentally. If you need a felony attorney, call our Felony Lawyers at 281-597-8818.
Penalties for Robbery Crimes
Robbery is charged as a second degree felony in Texas. This carries a penalty of two to twenty years in a state prison and/or a fine of no more than $10,000.
If the crime is elevated to that of aggravated robbery, the charge will be first degree felony. This carries a more serious penalty of five to 99 years in a state prison and/or a fine of no more than $10,000.
The expertise of our top trial attorney, Paul Looney is well known in the legal community. He is a frequently featured commentator on high profile robbery cases such as the O.J. Simpson robbery trial.
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