People have been stealing since the beginning of time. In many cases, someone
steals because they have little to no money, and they steal to pay for
the basic necessities of life, such as food or gasoline for their car.
Then, there are those who steal from others consistently. Often, these
individuals steal because they are addicted to alcohol or drugs, or both,
and need money to support their addiction.
Regardless of the offender needs the money for food, a motel room, or for
their next “fix,” the state comes down hard on people who
steal, even if the money was for a hot meal or a bed for the night.
Whether a person struggles with addiction or simply needs cash to buy their
baby formula, sometimes desperate situations make people do desperate
things, such as commit the offense of robbery. For example, a father may
need cash for a motel room for his wife and baby daughter, so he robs
a middle-aged man at gunpoint one evening in a parking lot.
The struggling father chose this man because he was driving a late model
Cadillac SUV, and he thought that taking the cash in the man’s wallet
wouldn’t hurt him much. After all, the victim looks like he could
easily afford to hand over a couple hundred dollars.
What are the penalties for robbery in Texas?
While the middle-aged man handed over the cash in his wallet, unfortunately
the homeless father made a grave mistake. In Texas,
robbery is a
second degree felony under Section 29.02 of the Texas Penal Code.
Under Sec. 29.02, a person commits the offense of robbery if while committing
the offense, they: 1) intentionally or recklessly injure another person,
or 2) threaten or place another person in fear of imminent bodily injury
and they do so intentionally or knowingly.
Robbery under Sec. 29.02 is a
felony of the second degree in Texas, punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison, and by a fine not to
exceed $10,000. Robbery is a very serious offense, and unfortunately good
people can find themselves in desperate situations where they commit this
second degree felony.
If you, or someone you love is facing robbery charges in Plano or Dallas,
we urge you to contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC for an aggressive
defense. We are on your side –
contact us today!