Robbery and Aggravated Robbery

Have you been arrested for robbery or aggravated robbery in the Dallas-Fort Worth area?  Both acts are serious violations of Texas state law punishable by extended prison sentences and fines of up to $10,000.

Plano robbery defense attorney

Plano criminal defense attorney Andrew Peveto provides effective legal counsel to those who are facing robbery charges in Texas. No matter the circumstances of your arrest, Andrew Peveto employs strategic defense strategies to protect your freedom and obtain the most favorable outcome.

The Peveto Law office represents clients facing serious felony charges throughout Dallas and Collin Counties, and our staff is available to take your call 24/7. Schedule a confidential consultation online to speak with a defense lawyer with a long track record of case victories.

Robbery charges in Texas

Under Texas Penal Code Section 29.02, robbery is charged as a second-degree felony. Unlike burglary, which involves no use or threat of violence, robbery is the act of committing a theft with the intent to take another’s property, in which the perpetrator knowingly or recklessly

  • Causes bodily injury to another, or
  • Threatens or places another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death

Purse snatching, mugging, home invasions and carjacking are some of the common types of robbery. To be convicted of robbery charges in Texas, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant deliberately or recklessly threatened the alleged victim or caused the victim to fear bodily harm or death. Even if the theft was not completed, or property stolen, the defendant may still be convicted.

Felony conviction: robbery Texas penalty

If you are found guilty of robbery in Texas, the potential penalties include incarceration in a state prison for 2-20 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Besides the prospect of years behind bars, a felony conviction can negatively impact your life in myriad ways – making it difficult to land a job, get housing and maintain child custody rights.

Statutes on aggravated robbery

The crime of robbery is elevated to aggravated robbery if the defendant uses or presents a deadly weapon during the course of the attempted theft. A deadly weapon may include any object that could result in serious injury or death and is not limited to knives or firearms. According to Texas Penal Code Section 29.03, a person can be charged with aggravated robbery if the victim who was threatened or harmed was 65 years of age or older, or was mentally, physically or developmentally disabled. It is important to note that you can be charged with aggravated robbery, even without harming anyone, as long as the other criteria are met.

Aggravated robbery, sometimes referred to as “armed robbery,” is a felony of the first degree in Texas with considerably harsher punishments.

Aggravated robbery penalties

Those who are convicted of aggravated robbery in Texas face anywhere from 5 – 99 years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000 – even for those without prior criminal convictions. There is a low likelihood of getting probation if you are convicted of aggravated robbery in Texas. The serious nature of this offense warrants results-driven legal counsel. Attorney Andrew Peveto has the experience and resources to help craft a strong criminal defense and argue difficult cases before juries.

Sentencing in aggravated robbery cases is decided by the jury and/ or judge and can result in probation if the defendant does not have a felony record in Texas. The courts will analyze the defendant’s character, criminal history and mitigating circumstances when issuing a sentence.

Work with criminal defense lawyer Andrew Peveto

At Peveto Law, we leverage years of experience in the Collin and Dallas County court system.  Even in the face of complicated aggravated robbery charges that are bolstered by witness testimony or video footage, Andrew Peveto is undeterred, and able to help clients obtain superior results, be it a trial verdict, dismissal or lesser sentencing.

When your reputation and future are in jeopardy, you need trusted legal advocacy. Texans who need tenacious criminal defense representation retain the services of attorney Andrew Peveto. Call our Plano law office today for a confidential case review to discuss the specifics of your robbery charge.

Additional Resources:

  1. Texas Statutes, Texas Penal Code CHAPTER 29. ROBBERY
  2. Find Law, Texas Penal Code, PENAL § 29.01. Definitions