Robbery is a very serious charge that is commonly misunderstood by the public. If you have been charged with robbery, you might be confused about the charge itself and how it may be distinct from other charges, like burglary, that are often related.
If you have been charged with robbery in the Houston area, it is important to contact a Houston criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner your lawyer can provide advice and start collecting information about your case, the better your attorney can defend you.What Is The Difference Between Robbery And Related Charges
In Texas, robbery is committed when, while committing theft, the person charged also threatens bodily harm to another person, or if they commit harm against that person. That makes robbery distinct from theft of property, but the two cannot be separated.
You can commit theft without also committing robbery. But you must commit theft to commit robbery.
Robbery is also distinct from another related charge that is often confused with it, burglary.
Burglary is loosely defined as trespassing with the intent to commit a crime, usually assault, theft, or another felony-level offense. You may also be charged with burglary if you remain in a space where the public is not allowed with the intent to commit a crime or are caught trespassing after being told that you are not allowed in that space.
Aggravated robbery is an upgraded charge that is usually applied when the person committing robbery uses force in the process.
The typical requirements for robbery to be upgraded to aggravated robbery are:
- Causing serious bodily harm or injury to another while committing robbery.
- Exhibits or uses a deadly weapon while committing robbery.
- Threatens bodily injury or death when the person threatened is 65 years or older.
Robbery is typically charged as a 1st or 2nd-degree felony, depending on whether the robbery is considered aggravated or not. Robbery carries a significant penalty if convicted. Robbery charges usually come with time spent in prison with the possible addition of a fine.
For robbery, prison time is usually between 2-20 years, while aggravated robbery carries penalties of between 5-99 years of prison time. People convicted of robbery usually carry out their sentences in state prisons rather than federal, though there are some exceptions depending on other charges, prison capacity, and any previous convictions.
If you have previous felony convictions, it is more likely that the judge will impose harsher penalties if you are convicted in court. However, in Texas, Judges have a little more leverage to set penalties as they choose. That means that if you have mitigating circumstances, proof of good character, or previous good actions on your record you may receive a lighter sentence even if convicted.Get An Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer On Your Side
If you have been charged with robbery, please reach out to a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Leeds Law Firm is here for anyone who needs a criminal defense lawyer here in Houston. Our team has the skills and experience you need on your side, whether you have been charged with a minor misdemeanor or a felony offense.