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Of all theft crimes, robbery is among the most serious because it is committed in the presence of a victim. Burglary, for instance, is committed without the victim being present, so you can imagine how serious a robbery charge can be. After all, robbery is a felony in Texas.
For these reasons, you need aggressive defense if you’re accused of robbery in Dallas. Choosing a lawyer to represent and defend you is not a simple decision, so choose wisely by retaining Peter Barrett. Attorney Barrett is your first line of defense who can help prevent a bad situation from getting worse. A robbery charge is serious enough, but with our firm in your corner, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands. Attorney Barrett has defended clients from criminal charges for over 25 years and can leverage his invaluable insights and resources to give you an upper-hand.
Let’s get started on resolving your case. To schedule a free consultation with our Dallas robbery attorney, contact us at (214) 307-8667!
Texas Robbery Laws
What is robbery in Texas? A person commits robbery if they commit one of the following acts in the course of committing theft with the intent to obtain or control the property:
- intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another
- intentionally or knowingly threatens or places another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death
Robbery is a second-degree felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. As you can see, the state does not mess around when it comes to punishing convicted robbers. Inflicting bodily injury or threatening to do so is a criminal offense in itself, but doing so while committing theft calls for robbery charges.
To give you a better understanding, take a look at some examples of robbery below:
- Yanking a purse from someone’s hand
- Assaulting a person in order to obtain their money
- Pressing an object at a person’s back, giving the illusion that it’s a gun, while stealing money from their pockets
- Threatening to kill someone if they don’t hand over their car keys
Aggravated Robbery Charges in Texas
What’s worse than a robbery charge? An aggravated robbery charge. Aggravating factors increase the severity or culpability of an offense, which is why the penalties for aggravated robbery are harsher than those for robbery. A first-degree felony, aggravated robbery is punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and/or $10,000 fines.
With this in mind, a person commits aggravated robbery if they commit robbery and:
- cause serious bodily injury to another;
- use or exhibit a deadly weapon; or
- cause bodily injury to another person or threaten or place another person in fear of imminent bodily injury or death, if the other person is 65 or older or a disabled person.
The key differences between robbery and aggravated robbery are the degrees of injury to the victim and the involvement of a deadly weapon. Considering these elements, examples of aggravated robbery include:
- Pointing a gun at someone while demanding their wallet
- Breaking someone’s neck while stealing their diamond necklace
- Holding a knife to someone’s neck and demanding they hand over their money
- Robbing a disabled person and threatening to push them out of their wheelchair
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Ultimately, our Dallas robbery attorney hopes to get your charges reduced or dismissed altogether. You are innocent until proven guilty, and we will fight to maintain your innocence no matter how severe or complex your allegations are. Count on Peter Barrett to fiercely defend your rights, powerfully argue your case in court, and closely guide you throughout your case every step of the way.
We are available 24/7 to help you out. Get in touch online or at (214) 307-8667 to schedule your free consultation!