Robbery is the taking of another person’s personal property by threat of force, use of force, or intimidation. In Texas, robbery is a serious charge that can carry a serious punishment.

How is Robbery Defined in Texas? 

A defendant can be charged with robbery when they: 

  • Steal from another individual or an organization
  • Committed the act without permission
  • Did it with the intent to permanently deprive the victim of property
  • Hurt a victim, either accidentally or intentionally
  • Were extremely careless
  • Cause injury that occurred during, prior, or after the robbery 

What is the Punishment for Robbery in Texas?

Robbery is charged as a second degree felony. A convicted defendant can face 2 to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

What are the Defenses to Robbery?

Some common robbery defenses include: 

  • True Owner Defense: the defendant believed they were the true owner of the “stolen” property
  • Duress: the defendant was forced to commit robbery under threat of death or serious physical harm
  • Lack of Evidence: The prosecutor is not able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the defendant is guilty
  • Affirmative Defense: such as, the defendant didn’t cause harm because of extreme carelessness, there’s no robbery.

Should I Contact a Lawyer about My Robbery Charge?

Yes, immediately contact an experienced criminal lawyer to fight your robbery charge.