Committing a crime could lead to severe penalties, but as we all know, the criminal justice system believes the punishment should fit the crime. As a result of this belief, committing certain criminal acts could result in worse penalties than others. Thanks to this fact, it’s a terrible idea to commit theft with a deadly weapon.
Comparing Texas Theft Penalties
Let’s look at Texas law to understand why committing theft with a deadly weapon is such a bad idea. In Texas, stealing property that is worth less than $100 is a Class C misdemeanor. Someone convicted of a Class C misdemeanor in Texas could face a fine of not more than $500.
Stealing something worth $100 or more but less than $750 is a Class B misdemeanor.
Someone convicted of a Class B misdemeanor could face one of the following penalties:
- Fine not to exceed $2,000;
- Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days;
- Both such fine and confinement.
However, using a deadly weapon in the commission of a theft could result in grave penalties!
If someone commits a theft with a deadly weapon, he or she could face an aggravated robbery charge.
Aggravated robbery offenses are first-degree felonies in Texas, and potential penalties may include:
- Five to 99 years of imprisonment;
- Fine of up to $10,000.
As you can see, the penalties for aggravated robbery convictions are much worse than simple theft convictions. For this reason, it’s a terrible idea to use a deadly weapon when committing a theft.
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