Houston Bank Robbery Lawyer
Texas Bank Robbery
Bank robbery is generally prosecuted under a federal statute since most banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions are federally insured or involve interstate commerce. The State of Texas, however, can still pursue state criminal charges against a person who robs a bank or any other facility. Furthermore, since federal and state governments are considered separate sovereigns, they can both pursue charges for the same criminal act.
Texas Robbery Statute
In the State of Texas, robbery is codified into law under Chapter 29 of the Penal Code. Under Section 29.02, a person can be convicted of robbery if during the commission of a theft he or she:
- “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or
- Intentionally or knowingly threatens or places another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death.”
Robbery can result in felony charges, punishable by two to twenty years in prison, and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Texas Aggravated Robbery Statute
According to Section 29.03 of the Texas Penal Code, an aggravated robbery occurs if during the commission of the crime, the person:
- “Causes serious bodily injury to another;
- Uses or exhibits a deadly weapon; or
- Causes bodily injury to another person or threatens or places another person in fear of imminent bodily injury if the other person is:
- 65 years of age or older; or
- A disabled person.”
Aggravated robbery is considered a felony of the first degree. Pursuant to Texas law, a conviction for a first-degree felony is punishable by life imprisonment or for any term between five and ninety-nine years and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Contact the Law Office of James Alston today at (713) 228-1400 for a free consultation and to discuss your legal options.
Finding the Right Houston Bank Robbery Lawyer
If you have been arrested for bank robbery in Texas, you could face both state and federal charges. You need an experienced attorney who practices in both jurisdictions and can handle all aspects of your case. Bank robbery cases can result in severe punishments, including life in prison. You need a skilled litigator who will fight hard to get the best possible outcome in your case. Attorney James Alston is a former state and federal prosecutor that will conduct a thorough independent investigation of your case. He has dedicated his practice to helping those who are facing criminal charges.