Accused of Robbery or Aggravated Robbery in Austin?
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If a person used force or the threat of force to take possession of the property of another, the crime of robbery has occurred. If convicted of robbery, serious criminal penalties will apply. When a person appears in court for a hearing related to robbery, the judge and the prosecutors will have limited patience as the defendant will be seen as a threat to the safety and well being of the general public.
When faced with a situation like this, whether guilty or innocent, you’ll need a criminal defense lawyer on your side that has the experience you’ll need in your corner to mitigate what could be life-changing circumstances.
Attorney Jackson F. Gorski is an experienced Austin theft crimes lawyer who understands the nuances related to successfully defending a person facing allegations of robbery.
Understanding Robbery Offenses
Robbery & Texas Law
Texas law defines robbing someone as a theft offense with the added element of violence. The main elements of the offense are the intent of theft, violence or the threat of violence, and the property. We’ve outlined the main elements of the offense below.
- Theft is any offense where one person takes possession of another person’s property without their permission.
- Assault is any offense where a one person does physical harm to another person or threatens to do so.
- Property is any tangible or intangible property that belongs to another person or entity. This includes documents representative of value and money.
Other elements of the crime which could matter include the offender’s mental state, knowledge of their actions, the intent of their actions, and whether their actions were reckless. Depending on the circumstances involved with the robbery encounter, these factors could play a large part in securing the best possible outcome in court; case dismissal. In general, the mental state of the defendant is difficult for prosecutors to determine, which give us some space for a defensible argument, but again, it depends on the circumstances of the incident.
Aggravating factors which could escalate and enhance the charge are directly related to violence. If the accused party put the fear of death into the victim, exhibited and used a deadly weapon, or inflicted physical harm to the victim, aggravated robbery charges will apply. Aggravated robbery charges will also apply to cases where an elderly or disabled person was threatened into compliance.
Criminal Penalties Associated with Robbery Convictions
Robbery is a felony offense in Texas. Depending on the circumstances of the event, criminal penalties can have a wide variation. Prison sentencing can last anywhere from 2-to-99 years, and the fine can be any amount up to $10,000.00.
Robbery charges are classified as a 2nd Degree Felony in Texas. If convicted, sentencing guidelines dictate a prison sentence of 2-to-10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.00.
Aggravated robbery is classified as a 1st Degree Felony in Texas. If convicted, it could a mean a sentence of anywhere from 5-to-99 years and a fine of up to $10,000.00.
The Defense Lawyer for Austin Robbery Cases
Meet with Jackson F. Gorski if You’re Facing Criminal Charges
Robbery & Aggravated Robbery charges can be life-changing for the worse for defendants lacking legal counsel to match their charges. Austin criminal defense lawyer Jackson F. Gorski stands ready to defend the accused, and has the experience you’ll need to make progress in the legal system.
Even if you’re guilty as charged there are numerous defense options for your case and, in addition, a challenging burden for the prosecution to deal with. In general, the defendants who get the worse sentences are the poorly defended and those who choose to defend themselves. If you’re innocent, or if you’re fighting for your freedom, The Law Office of Jackson F. Gorski will stand by your side.