A crime known as “jugging” often increases during the holiday season. When a person “gets jugged,” someone takes money from them that they just withdrew, such as from an ATM or bank.
According to the Houston Police Department, there were more than 735 documented jugging cases in one recent year. Here’s what you need to know about jugging, the penalties, and what to do if you face charges for jugging.
What Is Jugging?
Jugging or bank jugging involves following victims who are likely carrying large amounts of cash, such as those who just visited ATMs or banks to withdraw money. Other individuals at risk for jugging during the holidays include small business owners who may carry large sums of cash and the elderly who just received Social Security or retirement benefit checks. People leaving jewelry stores or businesses where they likely made large purchases may also be at risk. Juggers wait until people leave the store and follow them home or to another destination to take their money. Jugging can also involve stealing documents containing personal information or large sums of cash from unattended vehicles.
Is Jugging a Crime in Texas?
Although Texas law does not explicitly mention the colloquial term “jugging,” the act it describes is a crime often charged as theft, depending on the value of stolen items. If you are facing charges related to jugging, it’s crucial to get in touch with an experienced Texas criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney can evaluate your case and develop an individualized legal strategy to defend you.
Crimes That May Be Associated with Bank Jugging in Texas
Because Texas law does not specifically define “jugging,” related crimes that individuals may be charged with might include:
- Aggravated robbery
- Identity theft
- Tampering with evidence
Jugging is a serious crime that is often charged as a felony. Depending on the specific circumstances, a conviction can lead to up to 20 years in prison, fines, and the loss of civil rights. Furthermore, anyone convicted of a felony could face additional consequences, such as loss of professional licenses, restrictions on travel, and social stigma.
Accused of a Crime? We Can Help
If you have been charged with a crime related to jugging in Texas, such as theft or fraud, it is essential to consult with a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand your rights and can provide the legal representation you need to protect your interests.
At Broden & Mickelsen, LLP, we provide high-quality legal representation to those accused of crimes in Texas. Our attorneys will work hard on your behalf. Our attorneys have a combined 60 years of experience and are certified specialists in criminal and appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. That gives us the resources and skills to handle even the most complex criminal cases. Our attorneys have experience providing comprehensive representation at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state cases. If you’ve been accused of a crime, our Texas criminal defense lawyers can help. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.