Unlike burglary or other theft crimes that may be committed without victims being present, the offense of robbery involves an alleged offender causing or threatening bodily injury or death to another party. A robbery conviction carries several dramatic consequences, including a lengthy prison sentence and very steep fines. When a robbery crime involves the use of a firearm or other deadly weapon, a person could face aggravated robbery (commonly referred to as armed robbery) charges. Were you arrested or do you think that you could be under investigation for robbery in Harris County? No matter how confident you are in your innocence, you should still decline to speak to authorities until you can first contact The Gonzalez Law Group. Call (832) 530-4070 right now to have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation.
Texas Robbery Information Center
Robbery Penalties in Texas
Under Texas Penal Code § 29.02, a person commits a robbery if, in the course of committing theft (unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of the property) and with intent to obtain or maintain control of the property, he or she:
- 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.
The phrase “in the course of committing theft” means conduct that occurs in an attempt to commit, during the commission, or in immediate flight after the attempt or commission of theft. Robbery is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Aggravated Robbery Penalties in Texas
Certain elements of a robbery can elevate the level of the crime in Texas to an aggravated robbery. Texas Penal Code § 29.03 establishes that a person commits the offense of aggravated robbery if he or she commits a robbery and:
- 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 65 years of age or older or a disabled person.
In Texas, a deadly weapon is defined as a firearm or anything manifestly designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting death or serious bodily injury, or anything that in the manner of its use or intended use is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury. Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Robbery Resources in Harris County
Crime in Texas Reports | Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) — Visit this section of the TxDPS website to view Crime in Texas reports for every year back to 1999. According to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, 33,250 robberies were committed in Texas in 2016, resulting in 7,255 arrests. Both of these figures were increases from the prior year, and 6,322 of the arrests were adult offenders.
Texas Penal Code | Chapter 29. Robbery — View the full text of the state law for robbery offenses. You can read the statutes for robbery and aggravated robbery. You can also find definitions for terms used in this section.
Robbery Defense Attorneys in Houston, TX
If you believe that you might be under investigation or you were already arrested for an alleged robbery offense in Southeast Texas, it is in your best interest to not say anything to authorities until you have legal representation. Contact The Gonzalez Law Group as soon as possible. Our criminal defense lawyers in Houston represent individuals throughout Harris County, Friendswood, Pearland, Seabrook, League City, Deer Park, Pasadena, La Porte, Galena Park, Baytown, and many others. You can have our attorneys review your case and answer all of your legal questions when you call (832) 530-4070 or submit an online contact form to set up a free, confidential consultation.