Robbery is distinguished from theft under Texas penal code. While theft involves the taking of someone else’s property with the intent to not return it (or to retain control of it), robbery, on the other hand, has an additional threat of violence or actual violence involved in addition to the theft.
Because Texas takes a strong stand on crime, robbery is considered a second-degree felony and can be punished severely should a person be convicted of this crime. However, every person charged with robbery not only is entitled to defend him or herself in a court of law, but also should fight for their rights.
According to the Texas Penal Code, robbery is defined as a person committing one of the following while in the process of theft:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another
- Intentionally or knowingly threatens or causes another fear of imminent bodily injury or death
Robbery, then, involves an additional threat or incidence of harm rather than just taking another person’s property. As a second-degree felony, robbery might be punishable by a variety of penalties. A person convicted of robbery might face community service hours, fines up to $10,000, and even serve jail time anywhere from 2 years to 10 years. These penalties can severely affect a person’s life, not to mention future, so it’s critical to fight against charges of robbery.
Everyone deserves a fair chance at defending themselves against criminal charges. If you have been charged with robbery, having legal assistance or advice can be immensely beneficial. At Alexander & Associates, our legal team has extensive knowledge regarding Texas criminal laws and defending those charged with crimes, including robber. Call (972) 420-6560 today to learn more about your legal options and about how to mount a legal defense against the criminal charges you are facing.