What’s the Difference Between Robbery and Burglary in Texas?

Theft, burglary and robbery are very serious crimes in Texas.  Some of these crimes carry with them penalties that could result in significant fines and imprisonment.  It is important that individuals facing theft-related charges understand the difference between each of the crimes and realize that the consequences of being convicted of one crime could be more serious than being convicted of another crime.  Many people do not fully understand the difference between robbery and burglary.  Both involve theft, but the crimes are different in terms of their location and whether or not people were harmed or at risk for being harmed as a result of the crime. 

Robbery Under Texas Law

In Texas, robbery is a second degree felony that carries with it the potential for jail time between two and twenty years, and a fine of not more than $10,000.  An individual commits robbery in Texas when he or she steals or attempts to steal property from another person, and in doing so, he or she intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly caused bodily injury to another person, or places this person in fear of imminent bodily injury or death.  It does not matter if the person committing robbery intends to harm the person being robbed or not.  It is how the robbery affects the innocent person and what that person felt and perceived from the robbery.

Aggravated robbery involves the additional act of causing serious bodily injury to the person being robbed, using or exhibiting a deadly weapon during the robbery, causing bodily injury or threatening or placing another person in fear of imminent harm or death, and the person is 65 years of age or older, or to a disabled individual.  Aggravated robbery is a first degree felony, carrying with it jail time between five years and life in prison (not more than 99 years), and a fine of not more than $10,000.

Burglary Under Texas Law

In Texas, burglary is a felony, and the degree of felony depends upon the location of the alleged crime.  Burglary is considered a state jail felony if it is committed in a building other than a habitation (i.e., other than a building or structure that can be used for overnight occupation), and this crime carries with it jail time between 180 days and two years, and a fine of not more than $10,000. 

If the burglary is committed in a habitation, the charge is a second degree felony, carrying with it jail time between two and twenty years, and a fine of up to $10,000.  If the burglary involves entry into a habitation, and the accused is committing or attempting to commit a felony other than a theft-related felony, the charge is a first degree felony, carrying with it jail time between five years and life in prison (not more than 99 years), and a fine of not more than $10,000.

The serious consequences of any theft-related charge can be devastating, and as you can see from the information above, there are varying degrees within each general crime.  Because there is so much at stake, it is essential that you seek the advice of a criminal defense attorney who can evaluate your case in detail, and defend your rights to the fullest.

Contact Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

If you have been charged with theft, burglary, robbery or any other crime, you need a Dallas criminal defense attorney standing by to advocate on your behalf.  Theft-related crimes are charges that could leave you with a permanent criminal record as a convicted felon.  In order to ensure you are doing everything you can to fight a criminal charge, it is essential that you speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.  Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit has been helping people like you overcome the challenge and potential consequences of a criminal conviction, no matter how minor or severe the crime is.  As a former prosecutor with more than three decades of experience, Jack Pettit has the skill and dedication necessary to look out for your best interests.  Call our office today at (214) 521-4567 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your criminal matter.  Our office provides bilingual services in both English and Spanish, and we accept major credit cards.

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