What happens next?By now you should have posted a bail bond and you have received a date to appear in Court to answer the charges. You may have as a condition of your bail bond a requirement that you not contact or come near the alleged victim of the robbery or aggravated robbery.
If bail bond has not been posted, call us to discuss how to get your loved one home or change the conditions of the bail bond.
THE PROCESSYour first step should be to hire an attorney whom you feel confident in and who also makes you feel comfortable. I know that you feel you want to proclaim your innocence to the entire world right now, but it is probably better to speak with a professional first because sometimes words can be misinterpreted. So don’t speak to anyone about your case right now and talk to me first. As an attorney, our communications are confidential, secret, and my legal obligation is to help.
As your attorney, I will, in most cases, begin with reviewing the evidence in your case and interviewing and speaking with the witnesses, the complainants, the officers, the District Attorney or prosecutor, the Judge, and ultimately, prepare your defense package and eloquently present your innocence to the Jury if your case needs to go that far. Your first court date will not be your trial date.
Usually there will be two or more court dates so that I can discuss your case with the prosecutor and Judge before a decision to have a jury trial is set. This time also gives us time to prepare our defense and hire our experts, such as a police procedure expert, a doctor, an accident reconstructionist, property appraiser, or character/personality witnesses.
When preparing a defense for a Robbery or Aggravated Robbery with a weapon, we start with interviewing our client and reading what the charging officer and his Complaint state. We then compare this information with the law on Robbery or Aggravated Robbery, the science, and the facts.
Very often a person may be charged with Robbery or Aggravated Robbery with a deadly weapon due to an accident, mistake, or because of exercising a Constitutional right. These can be valid reasons to have your case dismissed.
Robbery Charges Q&A :Q: What am I looking at if I win?
A: Your Freedom
Q: What am I looking at if I am convicted of Robbery? (intentionally stealing from someone by use of force or threats)
A:If you are charged with Robbery (with no other class B misdemeanor or higher convictions) the following ranges of sentencing or punishment apply:
First Robbery (Second degree felony): Probation, or two to twenty years in TDC (Texas Department of Corrections or TDCJ (Texas Department of Criminal Justice), or prison
I can help you avoid a conviction and jail time by requesting a dismissal or a Deferred Adjudication in your case. Based upon my experience of over 25 years in dealing with these cases, if you are a first time offender, and do not feel you want to have a trial in your case, and yet want to quickly finish with your robbery charge without a conviction on your record, my request for deferred adjudication or dismissal may be granted for this category of robbery case. A request for a Dismissal usually requires more time and proving to the prosecutor that you are not in fact guilty. Usually the prosecutor wants to interview the alleged victim or victims in the case. Once you pass the deferred adjudication successfully, you may then petition the Court to seal your record from the general public through a petition for non-disclosure as long as you have waited for the applicable time and no affirmative finding of family violence has been made in your case.
Q: What am I looking at if I am convicted of Aggravated Robbery or Armed Robbery? A:If you are charged with Aggravated Robbery or Armed Robbery (with no other class B misdemeanor or higher convictions) the following ranges of sentencing or punishment apply:
(First degree felony): Probation, or 5 to 99 years in TDC (Texas Department of Corrections or TDCJ (Texas Department of Criminal Justice), or prison.
I can help you avoid a conviction and/or jail time by requesting a dismissal or a Deferred Adjudication or trying your case to the Judge or a Jury.
If you have been charged with Robbery or Aggravated Robbery with a weapon or deadly weapon, you should call me immediately and read the next section from the Texas Penal Code.