In the state of Texas, robbery is defined as the use of force or the threat to use it to take someone else’s property. It can take many forms including purse snatching, using a gun to hold up a store, carjacking, or mugging, to name a few. In order to prove that the crime of robbery took place, a prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that while taking another’s property the defendant recklessly and/or intentionally caused or threatened to cause bodily injury to that person.
Charges can be elevated to aggravated robbery in the state if a deadly weapon is used such as a gun or a knife. Many people understand this to be armed robbery, but this term is no longer used under Texas burglary law.
What are the penalties associated with robbery?
This is considered a serious crime in the state and harsh penalties are associated with being convicted of this. It is a second-degree felony, which can lead to two to 20 years in prison and fines of $10,000 or less. If the crime is charged with aggravated robbery, it is a first-degree felony with five to 99 years of prison time and fines up to $10,000 too.
Call to Speak to an Experienced Robbery Charges Defense Attorney
Because you’re facing a serious charge, you need an experienced and skilled robbery charges defense lawyer to represent you such as Derek W. Emmons. A conviction can alter your life for many years. However, with his help and knowledge, there are many defense strategies that can be used against a robbery charge. The most common is claiming innocence, especially if you have a plausible alibi that proves you didn’t commit the crime. This also challenges any eyewitnesses the prosecutor may have.
To learn more about legal services from a Texas robbery charges defense attorney, call 210-226-2800 to schedule a free consultation. The Law Office of Derek W. Emmons serves clients in San Antonio and surrounding Texas communities.