Robbery Defense Attorneys in Houston, TX

Houston, Texas robbery charges lawyer

Knowledgeable Theft Lawyers in Houston

In the state of Texas, robbery is a serious criminal offense that carries severe penalties. If you are facing robbery charges in Houston, it is essential to understand the legal elements of this crime and your rights under the law. At Bennett & Bennett, our experienced criminal-defense attorneys have extensive knowledge of Texas robbery laws, and we will work diligently to build a strong defense strategy on your behalf.

What Constitutes Robbery?

Robbery is defined as the act of intentionally causing bodily injury or threatening another person while committing theft. In other words, for an act to be considered robbery in Texas:

  1. The defendant must take (or try to take) property belonging to someone else without their consent
  2. The defendant must use intimidation, force, or the threat of force, either causing the victim to suffer injury or putting the victim in fear that they will be injured or killed.

It is important to note that even using verbal threats can lead to a charge of robbery if it caused the alleged victim to fear that they would suffer bodily injury or death. Additionally, certain factors, such as the use of a deadly weapon or causing injury to a person over the age of 65, can result in a more severe charge of aggravated robbery.

Potential Penalties for Robbery Convictions

If you are convicted of robbery in Houston, you may face severe consequences that could impact your future. The penalties vary depending on various factors such as previous criminal history and whether aggravating circumstances were involved. Robbery is usually charged as a second-degree felony, and a conviction carries a potential prison sentence of up to 20 years along with fines not exceeding $10,000. Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 99 years of imprisonment and fines up to $10,000.

Defending Against Robbery Charges

If you have been arrested for robbery in Houston, you will need to secure legal representation immediately. At Bennett & Bennett, our skilled criminal-defense attorneys can thoroughly evaluate the circumstances surrounding your case and devise an effective defense strategy. Possible defenses against robbery charges include:

  1. Lack of intent: To secure a conviction for robbery, the prosecution must prove that you had the specific intent to commit theft and that you used force or the threat of force when doing so. If strong evidence exists indicating that you did not possess this intent to take someone else's property without their consent, this evidence can play a significant role in your defense.
  2. Mistaken identity: It is possible that witnesses misidentified you as the perpetrator due to poor lighting conditions or other factors. Establishing an alibi supported by compelling evidence can cast doubt on your involvement in the crime.
  3. Coerced confessions: In some cases, law enforcement officers may employ aggressive tactics during interrogations that can lead suspects to falsely admit guilt under duress. Our skilled attorneys can challenge such confessions on the grounds of coercion and potentially get them excluded from the trial.
  4. Rights violations: Any violation of your constitutional rights during an arrest or a search by police officers could make any evidence obtained inadmissible in court, which may weaken the case against you significantly.

Contact Our Houston Robbery Defense Attorneys

If you are facing allegations of robbery in Houston or anywhere across Texas, you need a dedicated and experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. At Bennett & Bennett, we are committed to protecting the rights of our clients and providing creative representation from the beginning to the end of a criminal case. Our skilled attorneys will thoroughly investigate the facts surrounding your case, challenge any evidence against you, and strive towards achieving the best possible outcome. To discuss your situation during a confidential consultation, contact us today at 713-224-1747.

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