In Texas, robbery is when a person commits a theft and during that theft, he either causes injury to another person (intentionally or recklessly), or willfully threatens another person with injury or death. If a deadly weapon is used during a robbery, the charge is enhanced and additional penalties may be applied.
Robberies have Serious Legal Consequences
Robbery, like other theft crimes, is considered a crime of moral turpitude. That means that it is reflects on your honesty and character. Having a robbery conviction on your record can result in serious legal consequences: jail time, fines, restitution, and/or community service. Additionally, a robbery conviction can impact your personal life, making it difficult to find a job or a place to live, or prevent you from qualifying for student loans or scholarships. As a general matter, people do not like thieves — particularly not those who harm or threaten to harm others while robbing them.
Robbery Versus Aggravated Robbery
Under Texas law, there are two separate robbery offenses: robbery and aggravated robbery. The difference between the two crimes is simply a matter of whether a deadly weapon was used or even just displayed. A robbery charge can result in a prison sentence of not less than 2 years, while an aggravated robbery charge can result in a sentence of up to 99 years in prison.