The FBI reports that an average of around 170,000 armed robberies occur each year, inclusive of those that occur with firearms, knives, and other weapons.
If you’ve been arrested for armed robbery, you might not know where to turn next.
The good news is that no matter which side of the law you’re on, you’re entitled to seek legal counsel before making your next move.
Today we’re exploring just how many options you have, so you know your rights when it comes time to call upon them.
Ready to learn more? Let’s dig in.
Your Right to Legal Representation
If you’re charged with armed robbery, a criminal lawyer can be one of your most valuable assets.
Your lawyer can represent you in court. Depending on your situation, your lawyer may be able to help get your sentence dismissed or reduced or could help you enter a plea bargain.
At the very least, a lawyer can help bring your case in front of a jury, providing the necessary background details that could help your defense.
A Detailed Case Review
According to Texas law, robbery is a second-degree felony, carrying a fine of around $10,000 and up to 20 years in jail.
If the case becomes one of aggravated robbery you could be looking at a sentence of up to 99 years on top of that fine.
In Texas, there are three ways to be sentenced for aggravated robbery. They include:
- Using or exhibiting a deadly weapon
- Causing serious bodily harm
- Robbing someone 65 years old or above
If any one of these events occurs, your charge changes from a second-degree felony to a first-degree one.
To this end, hiring an experienced lawyer who can present your case in the best light could mean the critical difference in your level of sentencing.
An Evaluation of the Prosecution
If your case goes to trial, the prosecution will be required to determine that a few key events occurred during the suspected armed robbery.
Usually, they’ll be looking to prove that you:
- Took someone’s physical property
- Took property from someone’s presence (e.g. asking an attendant to open a safe)
- Carried the property away
- Intended to take permanent control of the property
- Took the property by force, using a dangerous weapon
In this case, your legal options include hiring a lawyer who can help dispute any of the above claims and in turn, weaken the prosecution’s case against you.
If even one of these events has any suspicion around it, you could stand a chance at a lesser sentencing. It’s important to work with someone who knows your case front and back and can help eliminate any doubt swirling around any circumstance.
Armed Robbery Suspects: We’ll Fight for Your Rights
If you’ve been convicted of armed robbery, your first step should be to hire a qualified team of attorneys.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in felony court and are ready to help as you face aggravated robbery or robbery charges. We’ll walk with you through every step of the journey, making sure you understand your rights — and helping you fight for them.
Contact us today to learn how we can help!