Aggravated robbery is sometimes called armed robbery. If you are charged with aggravated robbery you are likely to face a serious penalty because aggravated robbery involves not only a theft but also injuries to the victim or another factor that makes the charge more serious.
To convict a defendant of robbery in Texas, prosecutors must prove beyond all reasonable doubt that while committing theft against a victim, the defendant knowingly or recklessly caused injury.
Alternatively, the prosecution can prove that the defendant intentionally, knowingly or recklessly caused a threat to the victim who feared death or bodily injury.
These distinctions can be complicated. However, it’s important for defendants to know what they are charged with and the potential ramifications.
Robbery in Texas is a second-degree felony charge. It carries potential penalties of two to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000 on conviction. The charge of robbery doesn’t include the use of a weapon and injuries caused or threats made during a theft that elevate it to an aggravated robbery charge.
A charge can become aggravated or armed robbery if an injury is caused to another person, a weapon is used or displayed during the robbery, or if the victim is disabled or over 65 years of age.
Aggravated robberies are first-degree felonies which can include up to 99 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
You can commit aggravated robbery without injuring anyone.
Recently in Harris County, three men were charged with aggravated robbery after they were accused of threatening staff at a pharmacy with a handgun and fleeing the scene with cash, leading police on a chase.
Also in November 2016, police in Tyler in Texas reported they were seeking an aggravated robbery suspect. They said a Hispanic man had come into a Sonic restaurant displaying a knife and demanding money.
Two Sonic employees fought with the suspect to stop him robbing the store, the local media reported. During the altercation, the suspect was accused of pepper spraying the two employees and cutting one of them with his knife.
At the Medlin Law Firm, we will help you fight all kinds of theft offenses in Fort Worth. Please call us at (682) 204-4066.