Defending Aggravated Robbery Charges – Tarrant County
Aggravated Robbery Defense Law Firm in Fort Worth
This is a serious charge and you need a serious defense attorney. Aggravated robbery is a criminal charge arising from an accusation that you took property and used force or the threat of force.Conviction on this charge carries not only prison time but also a very damaging long-term criminal record. The criminal defense attorney handling your aggravated robbery case needs to investigate every option for avoiding this outcome.
If you call and schedule a case evaluation with Cody Cofer he will sit down and discuss your options for defense of your aggravated robbery charges. Contact his downtown Fort Worth criminal defense law firm.
Home Invasion Criminal Defense
If a robbery or aggravated robbery occurs in someone’s home you may hear the term “home invasion” used in the media or by the prosecuting attorney. Often these robbery or aggravated robbery charges are coupled with Burglary of a Habitation charges. In some instances the prosecuting attorney in Tarrant County may target your case if it falls into this category. On many occasions robberies with this alleged fact pattern are difficult cases to work out with a plea agreement. You may be in a situation where the government will not make a “plea offer” on the case. This situation makes having a skilled criminal defense trial attorney on your side all the more important. Cody Cofer has experience trying robbery cases to juries and negotiating these tough robbery charges.
Aggravated Robbery in Texas
In some states there is a felony charge for Armed Robbery; however, in Texas “Armed Robbery” is a kind of Aggravated Robbery. There are other aggravating factors that change a robbery charge to an aggravated robbery charge.
In Texas a person commits the offense of robbery if, in the course of committing theft as defined by the statutes governing the offense of theft and with intent to obtain or maintain control of the property, the person: (1) intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or (2) intentionally or knowingly threatens or places another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death.
Actual commission of theft is no longer a prerequisite of the offense of robbery. [Read More…]
A person commits aggravated robbery if he or she commits robbery as defined by statute and causes serious bodily injury to another, uses or exhibits a deadly weapon, or causes bodily injury to another person or threatens or places 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. Tex. Penal Code § 29.03
Possible Penalties for Aggravated Robbery
Aggravated robbery is a felony of the first degree. Which means, even if a person has no criminal history and they are convicted of aggravated robbery they are facing up to 99 years or life in prison and not less than 5 years in a Texas prison and as much as a $10,000 fine.
Your ability to get any kind of probation if you are convicted of aggravated robbery is very limited. To discuss the possibility of getting probation on an aggravated robbery case you should speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. According to Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 42.12 (3)(g) a judge cannot sentence a person to probation (community supervision) if the person is found guilty of aggravated robbery.
If a person meets other requirements, including having never been convicted of a felony, then a jury can assess probation (community supervision) for a conviction of aggravated robbery in some instances. This kind of charge is an extremely risky case to try before a jury. Do not go before a jury with an attorney that is not comfortable and skilled trying difficult cases.
Get Legal Help for Aggravated Robbery
Cody Cofer is a skilled and experienced criminal trial attorney. His office is located in downtown Fort Worth and he is currently taking new robbery cases in Tarrant County and in some circumstances surrounding counties. Call his office to schedule a criminal case evaluation today. The sooner he can start developing a defense the better. Fort Worth Robbery Attorney (817) 810-9395