Robbery is defined as taking money or property from another party by using fear or physical force against the victim. If a reported robbery involves a gun or other deadly weapon, if the crime victim ends up suffering an injury, or if the victim is disabled or over the age of 65, the alleged robber may face a charge of aggravated or armed robbery.
Robbery differs from burglary in that it usually always requires that a victim suffer an injury or face the threat of harm. Unfortunately, this type of crime carries stiff consequences in Texas, but if you face a criminal charge for robbery, you do have the right to defend yourself against the charges.
What constitutes robbery?
Even though each state legally defines robbery in its own specific terms, it generally includes the following elements:
- Taking something with the intent of stealing it
- Taking someone else's personal property
- Taking this property from someone else in his or her presence
- Taking this property against the owner's will
- Taking this property via the threat of using force, violence or intimidation
Even a seemingly tiny amount of intimidation or violence can lead to a robbery charge if it was enough for a victim to turn over his or her property.
Potential consequences of a robbery conviction
Depending on the nature of your robbery charge, you may face the following consequences if convicted:
- Second-degree robbery: This type of robbery causes injury. With a second-degree robbery conviction, you may spend 20 years behind prison bars or even pay a fine as high as $10,000.
- Armed/aggravated robbery: With this more serious type of robbery conviction, you may end up spending your entire life behind prison bars. In addition, you may have to pay up to a $10,000 fine.
Where to turn for help
In the public's eyes, you may automatically be guilty of a robbery that authorities claim you committed. However, the law is that you are always presumed innocent unless authorities can prove otherwise. Another unfortunate reality is that sometimes individuals face accusations of crimes they actually did not commit. With the support of an experienced criminal defense attorney, it may be possible to get a criminal charge reduced or eliminated. It is within your rights to pursue the most favorable outcome in light of the particular circumstances surrounding your case.