Robbery

In Texas, robbery is when a person commits a theft and during that theft, he  either causes injury to another person (intentionally or recklessly), or willfully threatens another person with injury or death.  If a deadly weapon is used during a robbery, the charge is enhanced and additional penalties may be applied.

Robberies have Serious Legal Consequences

Robbery, like other theft crimes, is considered a crime of moral turpitude. That means that it is reflects on your honesty and character. Having a robbery conviction on your record can result in serious legal consequences: jail time, fines, restitution, and/or community service. Additionally, a robbery conviction can impact your personal life, making it difficult to find a job or a place to live, or prevent you from qualifying for student loans or scholarships.  As a general matter, people do not like thieves — particularly not those who harm or threaten to harm others while robbing them.   

Robbery Versus Aggravated Robbery

Under Texas law, there are two separate robbery offenses: robbery and aggravated robbery.  The difference between the two crimes is simply a matter of whether a deadly weapon was used or even just displayed. A robbery charge can result in a prison sentence of not less than 2 years, while an aggravated robbery charge can result in a sentence of up to 99 years in prison.

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Robbery consists of the following elements: if, during the course of a theft, a person…

  • 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.
Aggravated robbery has the same elements, with an additional factors: if, during the course of a robbery, a person…
  • Causes serious bodily injury to another,
  • Uses or exhibits a deadly weapon, or
  • Causes bodily injury to another person or threatens or places another person in fear of imminent bodily injury or death, if the other person is either disabled or 65 years old or older.

A deadly weapon could be anything designed to inflict death or serious bodily injury, or any object used in a way to cause serious bodily injury or death. A pellet gun, pipe and ice pick have all been found to be deadly weapons that justified an aggravated robbery charge.  

Robbery Defense Attorneys in Dallas, Texas

Because the crime of robbery carries such grave consequences, it is important to have a dedicated, experienced lawyer on your side to defend you. At the Law Office of Chad West, we are committed to vigorously defending clients who are accused of robbery or aggravated robbery. We will seek to have the charges reduced or dismissed, and fight for you at trial if necessary. If you have been charged with a Texas robbery crime, contact our office today to find out how we can help you.