Robbery vs. Aggravated Robbery in Texas

Robbery is one of the most serious violent crimes in Texas. This offense involves some form of assault being inflicted while committing theft.

There are two main types of robbery in Texas: (simple) robbery and aggravated robbery. Essentially, the latter carries harsher penalties than the former.


To be convicted of robbery in Texas, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that while in the course of committing theft against a person or entity, the defendant knowingly or recklessly either caused bodily injury to another or threatens/places another in fear of imminent bodily harm or death. “In the course of committing theft” means any attempt to commit, during the commission, or in the immediate flight after the theft or attempt to commit theft.

Additionally, the prosecutor generally DOES NOT have to prove that any property was taken. Therefore, a person can be convicted of robbery if he/she doesn't complete the theft.

Robbery in Texas is a second-degree felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 20 years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Aggravated Robbery

Aggravated robbery, on the other hand, requires the same elements of (simple) robbery, in addition to any of the following circumstances:

  • Inflicts serious bodily injury to someone else

  • Uses or displays a deadly weapon (e.g., firearm, knife, or any object that can be used to inflict harm)

  • Causes bodily injury to someone who is at least 65 years old or has a physical, mental, or developmental disability and is unable to protect himself/herself from harm, or places that person in fear of imminent bodily injury or death

Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 99 years or life imprisonment.

If you or a loved one has been charged with robbery in Fort Worth, call The Clark Law Firm at (817) 435-4970 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free consultation. Let a former prosecutor protect your rights, reputation, and freedom!


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