Robbery is charged as a second degree felony in Texas. This crime carries a punishment of 2 to 20 years in prison and/or a fine not exceeding $10,000. Aggravated robbery (also known as “armed” robbery) qualifies as a first degree felony which carries more serious punishments, from 5 to 99 years in state prison and/or a fine not exceeding $10,000. If you’ve been charged with robbery or aggravated robbery, it’s necessary to seek legal assistance from an experienced defense attorney. Sergio Coronado has your back. We will build a case to protect your rights.
In order to be convicted of robbery, the prosecution must prove that the defendant intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly caused bodily injury to another individual. This is what separates robbery from theft or larceny. If the defendant used or exhibited a deadly weapon and/or the victim was threatened or feared for his or her life and the victim was 65 years or older or disabled mentally, physically, or developmentally, the charge will escalate to that of an aggravated robbery.
When it comes to mounting a defense, robbery defendants have many options available. Teaming up with a skilled defense lawyer will allow you to build the best defense. Your defense lawyer can attempt to convince the jury that the evidence gathered by the prosecution does not prove that a crime was committed. Another common defense is entrapment. This term is used to define a situation in which an individual is “forced” to commit a robbery that they would not have committed otherwise. Lack of intent or knowledge are well-known defenses as well. Since robbery signifies the use of force to cause injury, the charge may be reduced to theft or larceny is no bodily injury was caused or if the victim did not fear bodily injury or death. In order for your case to proceed accordingly, it’s necessary to team up with an experienced defense lawyer.
At Sergio Coronado Law, we have your best interest in mind. We will build the strongest defense possible. The punishments for these types of crimes are severe, but with the help of a defense attorney, they may be reduced or ultimately removed. It all depends on your specific case and situation. If you’re in the El Paso area and you’re facing robbery or aggravated robbery charges, contact Sergio Coronado Law. We’re ready to help.