What is the minimum sentence for aggravated robbery in Texas? Let’s be upfront — if you are convicted of aggravated robbery in Texas, you will automatically have to spend some time in prison; but you may be in for a lengthier sentence depending on the circumstances. While the lines between committing theft and committing robbery can be quite thin, the difference in consequences is stark. 

If you or a loved one has been arrested on suspicion of robbery or armed robbery, you need to hire an aggressive and compassionate criminal lawyer to start building your defense today. Mark Thiessen is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is not afraid to take sensitive cases to court and fight for your freedom. 

What is aggravated robbery?

In order for the court to determine the range of prison time that you could be facing, they must first determine what type of crime was committed. The difference between, robbery, aggravated robbery, and armed robbery is pretty simple. 

Robbery, as defined by Texas Penal Code § 29.02, occurs when an individual “in the course of committing theft…and with intent to obtain or maintain control of property they:

  • intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly cause bodily injury to another; or
  • intentionally or knowingly threaten or place another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death.”

A person will only be charged with aggravated robbery in Texas if they, in the course of committing a robbery offense:

  • cause serious bodily injury to another;
  • use or exhibit a deadly weapon; or
  • cause bodily injury to another person, threaten or place another person in fear of imminent bodily injury or death, if the other person is:
    • 65 years of age or older; or
    • a disabled person.

The difference between robbery and aggravated robbery depends on a few aggravating factors. The use of a deadly weapon can apply to “any object in the manner of its use or intended use capable of causing serious bodily injury or death,” — so, in an aggravated robbery or assault with a deadly weapon in Texas, the deadly weapon designation can as easily be assigned to a rifle as a rock picked up in the backyard. 

Another important definition is that of “serious bodily injury,” which is defined as an injury that “causes a permanent or protracted loss of use of a bodily member or organ.” Consequences for a robbery involving serious bodily injury become much more serious, similar to the difference between charges for simple first assault charge and charges for assault with bodily injury in Texas.

Armed robbery charges don’t necessarily exist in Texas because armed robbery is charged as a type of aggravated robbery. Aggravated robbery sentences are serious business. Even a first-time offense for aggravated robbery carries serious consequences and mandatory prison time. If a person is convicted of aggravated robbery, they don’t have much hope of avoiding prison. Your best chance at freedom is not being convicted in the first place — and to do that you’ll need the best lawyer you can find. 

What class felony is robbery in Texas?

Robbery offenses are classified as second-degree felonies, which carry already severe fines and jail time, while aggravated robbery offenses are classified as first-degree felonies with even steeper penalties. 

Why is aggravated robbery a felony?

Aggravated robbery is a felony because robberies often end up in serious bodily harm and loss of property. If a person were to commit theft without causing bodily injury or making threats, their crime would be charged as theft instead of robbery, and the charges would be much more lenient. Robbery can therefore be thought of as aggravated theft, and aggravated robbery is an even more serious form of robbery. 

That being said, robberies are situations in which things often spin out of control. Theft can turn into robbery, and robbery into aggravated robbery, in the blink of an eye which can result in even harsher penalties that will be tough to avoid. With that said, what is the minimum sentence for aggravated robbery in Texas?

How long do you go to jail for armed robbery in Texas?

An aggravated robbery sentence will land you a minimum of five years, and up to 99 years, in state prison. 

CrimeChargeFinePrison time
RobberySecond-degree felonyUp to $10,0002 – 20 years in state prison
Aggravated RobberyFirst-degree felonyUp to $10,0005 – 99 years in state prison

As you can see, the length of a sentence for either of these convictions can vary significantly. If you’re thinking that these look shockingly steep, it’s because they are. To determine the length of a sentence for armed robbery, the judge will consider a few factors:

  • Criminal history of the defendant
  • Motivation for criminal activity
  • The defendant’s role in the crime, i.e. whether they were merely an accessory
  • The injuries sustained by the victims of the crime

Repeat offenders who perpetrate violent aggravated robberies could be looking at spending the rest of their lives in prison. Depending on the circumstances, an aggravated robbery sentence can be as severe as a capital murder charge in Texas. The justice system does not do business in mistakes or intentions, generally, so it is imperative that you hire the best lawyer that you can find to avoid an aggravated robbery sentence that will change the course of your life.

Keep reading: Texas murder laws

What is the minimum sentence for aggravated robbery in Texas? 

The minimum sentence for aggravated robbery in Texas is five years in state prison, although many offenders do more. The best chance you have at freedom is not being convicted for aggravated robbery, by way of either a “Not Guilty” verdict, or reduction of the charge to robbery or theft. To do that, you’ll need an experienced and talented attorney. 

If you need a dedicated and compassionate attorney for your case, you need Mark Thiessen from Thiessen Law Firm. He may be your best shot at freedom, and in cases like these, you’ll need the best of the best in your corner. Call us at (713) 864-9000 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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