In Texas, robbery is distinguished from petty theft in that it involves taking property by force or threat. Even if no property is actually taken, attempting to deprive someone of their property by force is nonetheless a crime. Some examples of acts that qualify are:
- Purse snatching
- Bank robbery
- Highway robbery
More Serious Robbery Offense
The crime becomes aggravated robbery whenever it involves the threat of injury or death in Houston. Using violence during theft will result in an even longer jail sentence and higher fines due to its graphic nature. It is not necessary to use a weapon in the commission of an act before it becomes an elevated offense.
Sanctions Allowed under Texas Law
Blagging is a first-degree felony that is punishable by between two and twenty years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000. Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony that carries between five and 99 years in prison, along with a fine of up to $10,000. In either case, there could be additional sanctions such as:
- Loss of firearm privileges
- Inability to hold certain professional licenses
- Mandatory anger management counseling
- Inability to qualify for certain student loans or financial aid awards
How to Defend against Stealing Charges?
People are often charged with a stick-up after one person turns in evidence in order to protect himself. As a result, attorneys will rigorously examine witness testimony to look for gaps that would indicate a conspiracy. They may also look for instances of eyewitness misidentification, which The Innocence Project has cited as a leading cause of wrongful convictions. In some cases, there may not be enough evidence to prove the victim had fear of bodily harm, in which case the charges can often be reduced or dropped.