Brazos County Robbery Defense
The state of Texas is particularly tough on individuals charged with robbery. Robbery covers a wide range of acts; it can mean anything from snatching money from someone’s hand to stealing their vehicle. It can even include stealing a drug dealer’s narcotics. The police call that a “dope-rip.” Dope-rips are prosecuted aggressively in our County.
Arrested for Robbery in Brazos County, Texas?
Robbery and aggravated robbery (sometimes called “armed robbery”) are violations of Texas state law. To convict a defendant of robbery, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that while committing theft (taking another person’s property with the intention of depriving them of it), the defendant intentionally, knowingly or recklessly caused bodily injury to another. Alternately, the prosecutor may prove the defendant intentionally, knowingly or recklessly threatened the victim or caused the victim to fear bodily injury or death.
The crime of robbery can be elevated to that of aggravated robbery if, in addition to the criteria for proving a case of robbery, the prosecutor can prove that the defendant used or exhibited a deadly weapon, and/or the victim who was threatened or placed in fear of bodily injury or death was an individual 65 years of age or older, or was disabled either physically, mentally or developmentally.
Robbery is charged as a second degree felony in Texas. This carries a penalty of two to twenty years in a state prison and/or a fine of no more than $10,000. If the crime is elevated to that of aggravated robbery, the charge will be first degree felony. This carries a more serious penalty of five to 99 years in a state prison and/or a fine of no more than $10,000.
Brazos County Robbery Defense Attorney!
There is too much at risk to face these charges without experienced criminal defense representation. If you are arrested on suspicion of robbery, you should say NOTHING to law enforcement. The United States Constitution protects your right to remain silent. Use that right! The only words you should speak are those used to ask for an attorney.
An arrest for robbery does not necessarily mean you are going to prison for the rest of your life. To the contrary, you have the right to defend yourself against these charges. Depending on the nature of the allegations, that may not be easy. An experienced criminal defense attorney can make all the difference. You need a lawyer who has successfully handled these types of cases many times before. For instance, common defenses to robbery charges include a lack of intent to steal, no bodily injury was caused, or the victim did not reasonably fear bodily injury or death.
My Firm will make an assessment of your case and advise where we believe you stand in terms of defending the charges. If we decide to accept representation in your case, rest assured you will have an experienced advocate on your side, fully prepared to go the distance to defend your legal rights. If charges have not yet been filed, we may work hard to prevent that from happening, or may work to get your case dismissed. We will investigate every detail of the crime you are being accused of and find weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.
To schedule your initial case evaluation, please contact a Brazos County robbery defense lawyer as soon as possible.