If you’ve just been arrested for robbery in Travis County, you probably have a thousand questions racing through your mind. What can I do now? What is the process? Will I go back to jail?
You need experienced Austin robbery attorneys who understand the Travis County court system inside and out. We zealously represent your rights throughout this process and answer all the questions you have along the way.
Our team has a combined 30+ years of experience helping people charged with robbery in Austin. We will tell you what to expect and how to improve the chances of getting the best result. Having experienced attorneys can make the difference between getting your case dismissed or being convicted.
What is Robbery?
In Texas, theft serves as the foundational act for both robbery and aggravated robbery charges. Robbery, in addition to theft, encompasses acts of assault. This means that if violence occurs while committing theft or even while fleeing its scene, it is classified as robbery.
Under Texas Penal Code Section 29.02(a), the crime of robbery involves an allegation that in the course of committing theft and with intent to obtain or maintain control of the property, the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly either:
causes bodily injury to another; or
threatens or places another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death.
Under 29.01(2), the term property is defined as tangible or intangible personal property including anything severed from land; or a document, including money, that represents or embodies anything of value.
In Texas, to establish a robbery charge, the state prosecutor doesn't always need to demonstrate that the property was successfully taken from the complainant. This means that even an attempted theft might suffice. Additionally, the person from whom the theft was attempted doesn't necessarily have to be the same individual who experienced the robbery.
What are the consequences of Robbery in Texas?
Robbery is classified as a second-degree felony in Texas. If convicted, the consequences can include:
- A prison sentence ranging from 2 to 20 years.
- A potential fine of up to $10,000.
Apart from the immediate legal consequences, a robbery conviction in Texas will result in a criminal record, which can have long-term impacts on employment opportunities, housing, and other aspects of one's life.
let The Law Office of Charlie Roadman help you
Hiring an attorney if you are charged with robbery in Texas (or anywhere else for that matter) is crucial for several reasons:
Complexity of the Law: Criminal law, especially in a state as large and diverse as Texas, can be complex. Our experienced attorneys can navigate the intricacies of the Texas Penal Code, relevant case law, and local court procedures.
Serious Consequences: Robbery is considered a felony in Texas. If convicted, one could face substantial prison time, hefty fines, and a criminal record that can negatively affect future employment, housing, and other opportunities.
Protection of Your Rights: We can ensure your rights are upheld. This includes ensuring that evidence obtained illegally (e.g., without a proper search warrant or during an improper interrogation) is not used against you.
Legal Strategy: Our experienced criminal defense attorneys will know how to challenge the prosecution's evidence, present a defense, or negotiate a plea deal if appropriate. They can advise on the best course of action based on the specifics of your case.
Familiarity with Local Courts: Every court and every judge is different. Our attorneys are familiar with the local courts and prosecutors can provide insights that might be beneficial for your case.
WHEN SHOULD I HIRE AN ATTORNEY?
Immediately. An attorney should be working on your case right away. We want to talk to witnesses as soon as possible and protect any evidence that will help the case. Hiring an attorney is also a good way to alleviate the stress and anxiety that comes with being arrested.
CAN A ROBBERY CHARGE BE DISMISSED?
Yes, but it depends on the circumstances of the arrest and what you are willing to do while the case is pending. We have negotiated hundreds of dismissals in Travis County using our knowledge and experience of what works in Austin. In order to help us get the best result, we will create a customized Action Plan for you.
ONE OF MY FRIENDS/FAMILY WAS ARRESTED FOR THEFT. WILL THEY GET OUT OF JAIL AUTOMATICALLY?
No. They must qualify for a personal bond. And even if they do qualify, it can take 24 hours or more to be released. We can speed up the process significantly. And trust us, everyone wants out of jail as soon as possible. HERE IS MORE INFO ON JAIL RELEASES.