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Understanding Aggravated Robbery

Aggravated Robbery in Fort Bend County, Texas

Per Texas Penal Code §29.02, robbery is the intentional, knowing or reckless causing of bodily injury to another while committing theft, or committing theft and threatening another with imminent injury or death. In certain cases, these charges can be elevated to aggravated robbery—explained under §29.03—which is the the commission of robbery.

This is in cases where the defendant also does the following:

  • Causes serious bodily injury to another individual;
  • Uses or shows a deadly weapon during the theft;
  • Injures or threatens a victim who is disabled; or
  • Injures or threatens a victim who is 65-years-old.

Under this section of the law, someone is considered to be disabled if he or she has a mental, physical, or developmental disability that leaves them unable to protect him or herself. If someone is convicted of aggravated robbery, sometimes referred to as armed robbery, they will be facing a felony of the first degree. Other than capital felonies, which are punishable by death, this is the severest level of felonies. Someone who has been convicted of a first-degree felony faces penalties that include imprisonment for life, or for a term between 5 and 99 years. On top of that, they will face a fine up to $10,000.

Have you been arrested for armed robbery in Fort Bend?

In some cases, you may face charges of aggravated robbery even if there was no deadly weapon used—for example, if you "simulated" a deadly weapon with your hand in a pocket, the charges may be elevated. For this reason, it is crucial that knowledgeable criminal defense is sought. At the Law Office of John L. Venza Jr., I apply my previous experience as a former assistant district attorney to help those who have been accused. By previously working as a prosecutor, I can truly say that I know how the other side thinks and how they operate. I know what goes into prosecuting a crime and can counteract it.

If you were arrested on aggravated or armed robbery charges, you should not hesitate to reach out and contact a Fort Bend criminal defense lawyer. These are not minor cases that will fade away in time. If your rights are not relentlessly protected, you could be stuck facing a lifetime of penalties, including up to 99 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. These should not be taken lightly; you should not entrust your future into the hands of an inexperienced or apathetic defender. Turn to my firm where you can find persistent criminal defense paired with a lifetime of preparation for my role as a defense lawyer.

To learn more contact my firm to schedule your consultation.