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Robbery Charges in Plano, Texas

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!