Theft and Robbery
Theft offenses can mean serious penalties for those who are convicted
A theft is considered to be taking property without the consent of the owner with the intent to deprive the owner of the property. What particular charge applies to a theft varies depending on the circumstances and specifics of the situation. A theft may involve property of low value or great value. It may involve injury to another person during the commission of the crime. These specifics will determine what criminal charge may apply.
Robbery is one of the more serious theft offenses. In order to be convicted of robbery, the prosecution must show that you:
- Deprived someone else of his or her property;
- The property was within his or her immediate control; and
- You intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly injured the victim or threatened to use force.
While robbery is considered to be a violent crime in the State of Texas, no one needs to actually be injured for this criminal charge to be applicable. It is sufficient for the prosecution to establish that the robbery victim was placed in fear of imminent bodily harm. This means that even a credible verbal threat might be enough for a robbery charge to apply.
The penalties you face if convicted of robbery are severe. Robbery is a second degree felony. Penalties include a fine of up to $10,000 and 2 to 20 years in prison. Penalties can increase in severity depending on whether there were any aggravating factors involved in the commission of the crime. The value of the property stolen may increase the penalties if an item of larger value was taken. Additionally, who the victim of the robbery was can make a big difference in the potential penalties. More severe penalties may apply if the victim was an elderly person or if the person was a government employee. Additionally, greater penalties may apply if it was a fire arm that was stolen.
Theft crimes are taken very seriously in the State of Texas. Prosecutors will press hard for a conviction. The skilled Fort Worth criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Kyle Whitaker aggressively represent you against the charges. We provide experienced criminal defense counsel you can count on when you need it most. Contact us today by calling (817) 332-7703 or contact us online. Proudly serving Fort Worth and surrounding areas.