The state of Texas takes robbery offenses quite seriously. Being convicted of such a crime can hurt your reputation, cause considerable financial hardship, and, most severe, even land you a lifetime in prison. If you find yourself in this situation, continue reading to discover how an experienced McAllen, Texas theft lawyer from the Law Office of Angel Davila can effectively explore all possible defenses on your behalf to help you avoid significant penalties.
Simple robbery vs. aggravated robbery. What is the difference?
Notably, Texas law distinguishes between a simple robbery and an aggravated robbery. For one, a simple robbery is when you commit theft while knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another party or threatening to place another party in fear of imminent bodily harm or death.
On the other hand, aggravated assault follows a similar definition, but the following circumstances must also be applicable:
- Beyond a reasonable doubt, you inflicted serious bodily injury to another party.
- Beyond a reasonable doubt, you used or threatened to use a deadly weapon (i.e., a firearm or a knife) to inflict harm on another party.
- Beyond a reasonable doubt, you caused bodily injury to another party who met any of the following criteria:
- Who was at least 65 years old.
- Who possessed a physical, mental, or developmental disability, which made them unable to protect themself from harm.
What are the potential penalties for simple robbery and aggravated robbery in the state of Texas?
By Texas law, simple robbery is considered a second-degree felony. As such, the penalties can be a prison sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. With aggravated robbery, this first-degree felony comes with much harsher consequences. Specifically, there is a potential prison sentence of up to 99 years or life imprisonment.
What are the defenses I can take against my robbery conviction in the state of Texas?
A common defense that is taken against a robbery conviction is that you abandoned your attempt to commit the robbery. However, as mentioned above, Texas courts are exceptionally harsh when it comes to this criminal offense. So, even though prosecutors must have proof beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed robbery, they generally do not have to prove that you ultimately took any property. Put differently, you can be convicted of robbery even if you do not complete the stealing.
With all that being said, it is key that you consult with a skilled Hidalgo County, Texas criminal defense lawyer as immediately as possible. Our team will assess the circumstances of your case and aggressively attempt to reduce or altogether eliminate the penalties placed against you.
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