Robbery & Aggravated Robbery in Dallas, TX
Police, prosecutors, and courts take robbery allegations very seriously in Dallas. As a result, you could be facing lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines. Moreover, the damage to your reputation, family, and employment opportunities can be just as bad or worse. If you or someone you love is facing a robbery allegation or the more severe offense of aggravated robbery, don’t put yourself in just anyone’s hands. First, the right robbery attorney will have experience handling the most serious types of cases. Second, as their regular practice, they will investigate thoroughly to get to the truth. Finally, they are willing and able to fight for you in court. If you’re looking for that type of lawyer, you’ve found Mike Howard, an award-winning Dallas robbery lawyer.
Robbery Charges in Dallas
A person commits robbery (Texas Penal Code § 29.02) if, during the commission of committing theft, and with the intent to obtain or maintain control of property, they:
- intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly cause bodily injury to another. OR
- intentionally or knowingly threaten or place another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death.
If the actor causes the injury to fear injury during the immediate flight from committing the theft, that also counts as robbery.
Robbery is a second-degree felony. As a result, you could face 2 – 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Aggravated Robbery in Dallas, TX
A person commits aggravated robbery (Texas Penal Code § 29.03) if they commit robbery and they:
- cause serious bodily injury to another. OR
- use or exhibit a deadly weapon. OR
- cause bodily injury to another person or threatens or place another person with imminent bodily injury or death if the other person is 65 years of age or older or disabled.
Aggravated Robbery Penalties
Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony. As a result, you could face 5 – 99 years or life and up to a $10,000 fine. Aggravated robbery is also considered a “3G” case which means that a person must serve at least half of any prison sentence before they are eligible for parole.
Robbery Related Offenses
People commonly mistake robbery for aggravated robbery. Robbery under Texas law is most commonly a theft (like shoplifting) with some minor assault or threat of assault. What most people think of as robbery (armed robbery or theft involving a firearm or weapon of some sort) is actually aggravated robbery under Texas law. For more information see our violent crimes page.
A Dallas Robbery Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been accused of robbery in Dallas, contact the Law Office of Mike Howard. Most importantly, Dallas robbery lawyer Mike Howard has the experience, trial skills, and dedication that you need when you are fighting for your life. We will do everything we can to fight for you. Moreover, Mr. Howard will give you an honest assessment of your case and explain the law and your legal options.
A Different Kind of Lawyer
We approach our clients differently than a lot of lawyers. Above all, our philosophy is that being a great lawyer is more than getting you a great result. First, our office is centered around you. This means we start by truly listening to you to understand your case and your goals. Further, our team works to provide you a client experience that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Answering your questions and keeping you informed is very important to us. Most importantly, we treat you as a person, not a number. Finally, our goal is to achieve the best possible result for you. If you’re looking for a different kind of lawyer you’ve come to the right place.
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Our Case Process
Listen & Understand
We focus on clients as real people. First, we list to understand who you are and what you need. Then we make sure we fully understand the facts of the case.
We explain the law, your rights, and the legal process. Because communication is very important to us, we strive to quickly answer questions and return communication.
Fight for Justice
Simply put: we fight hard for you. In the courtroom, in negotiations, and before a case even is officially opened, we fight for justice for you.
Robbery Resources and Information
See our criminal defense resource center for more information on fundamental rights in a criminal case, definitions of culpable mental states (intentionally, knowingly, etc), defenses to prosecution, and more.
Defending Robbery Charges in Dallas
First and foremost, the prosecutor must prove their allegation beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor cannot rule out each and every possible reasonable doubt, the presumption of innocence prevails. As a result, the court must find you not guilty. This means you don’t have to prove that you didn’t do it. You don’t have to prove anything!
The only way the prosecution wins is if the jury believes their story is the only reasonable way it could’ve happened. If they have any reasonable doubts that it actually happened, they must find you not guilty. If they reasonably think it could’ve happened another way, they must find you not guilty. This is the highest burden of proof in our justice system. When implemented by a skilled Dallas robbery attorney, it can be a powerful weapon.
Choosing the Right Robbery Lawyer
Searching for robbery lawyers in Dallas can be overwhelming. After all, you are choosing someone who will hold your life, your future, and your family’s future in their hands. You have to be comfortable with them and feel that you can trust the information and advice they give you. Attorneys are supposed to always work in their clients’ best interest. That shouldn’t just be meaningless talk.
First, talk to several lawyers to get a feel for them and their staff. Do they take the time necessary to get to know you, to listen to what’s important to you, and answer your questions? Do they show you that you matter to them as a person and not just as a fee? Beware of lawyers who put the hard sell on you, who make big promises. No attorney should ever make a guarantee about a case. Absolutely avoid a lawyer who doesn’t communicate the scope of the work and their fee clearly in a written contract.
What Makes Mike Howard Different
Many lawyers take advantage of their clients’ ignorance of the criminal justice process. We take the opposite approach. A knowledgeable client is a happy client. Therefore, we provide a wealth of information in the way of articles about criminal offenses, blog posts, and videos for free on our website.
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Dallas Robbery Attorney Mike Howard
Above all, I strive to help my clients through difficult times with compassion and integrity. In Dallas innocent people can get accused, charged, and convicted when they don’t have a Dallas robbery attorney fighting for them. I believe in standing up for people facing criminal accusations and helping them navigate all that comes with being thrown into the criminal justice system.
The cornerstone of my law practice is focusing on my clients as individuals. I start by taking the time to understand not just the facts of their case, but who they are and what they need. Because I know the criminal justice system can be intimidating, I explain the process, their rights, and their options. Client communication is extremely important to me, so I make sure my team and I do everything possible to quickly answer questions and return messages.
Willing to Fight
Most importantly, I am willing to fight a case in court. I have a track record of delivering fantastic results at trial. While not every client and case needs to go to trial, it can make a difference. When your Dallas robbery attorney has a reputation as a skillful trial lawyer who fights for their clients, however, it makes all the difference in the world.
A Proven Record
Our client had gotten into an argument with an ex-girlfriend and that had led to a robbery charge. We were fully investigated and, armed with the truth, we were able to get his case dismissed.
Our client was homeless and suffering from mental health problems. He was charged with aggravated robbery for what was really a cigarette lighter in the shape of a gun. We got him a PR bond, into housing and mental health services, and his got his case dismissed.
Our client made a really dumb mistake. We were able to show the judge that he was more than this one mistake. Even though the prosecutor was pushing for serious prison time, we got him deferred probation.
Our client was young and had fallen in with the wrong crowd. The prosecutor initially wanted serious prison time, but we were able to avoid a felony conviction and any prison time. Deferred probation.
Our client had a lengthy record and, thus, was facing 25 years to life. He also suffered from mental health problems that repeatedly put him in these terrible situations. Rather than send him to prison, we were able to get him mental health services and deferred probation.
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When you’re ready to take the next steps, attorney Mike Howard is here to discuss your situation and design a plan to deal with Dallas robbery allegations. Trust our experience, empathy, and ability to help put charges behind you.
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Located in the Element Towers West Building at 3010 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, Texas, attorney Mike Howard handles criminal cases across Dallas, Collin, Denton, and Tarrant Counties at the state level and in the Northern and Eastern Districts at the federal level.