Hear the terms robbery, burglary, and theft and you may assume they are referring to the same crime. However, there are certain things that distinguish Robbery crimes from theft and from burglary. Where robbery differs from theft is that this crime involves intimidation or force. As a result, the court considers a robbery to be more serious than theft, which is the act of taking another person’s property and/or money without permission. Burglary, in contrast, is when a person enters a building with the intent to commit one or more crimes while inside. What does the court consider when determining which category a crime falls under?
When a person is charged with theft, it means he or she has taken someone’s money or property without being authorized to do so. They then remove this property or money to a new location. Furthermore, they have no plans to return the items at any time. This crime may be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor and this is often determined by the value of the items taken.
Robbery is similar to theft with one main difference. The money or property is taken directly from the victim without his or her consent. Furthermore, the threat or use of force is involved, and this is a major reason why any robbery is charged as a felony.
As mentioned above, burglary is a crime that involves the unauthorized entry into a building. The person who enters the building in this manner does so to commit a crime. Some states have ruled that the person must be prepared to commit theft or another felony to be charged with burglary. Other states, however, have determined any unauthorized entry is enough for a person to be charged with this crime.
Additional factors are also considered when a person is charged with one of these crimes. For example, the use or possession of a firearm while engaging in the crime of burglary or robbery often leads to more serious charges being put forth. Understanding the difference between the different crimes is of importance, but numerous other things are involved in determining which charges will be pressed. Legal guidance is needed at this time to ensure a defendant understands what they are facing. Contact an attorney today for help. Your future is at stake, so this is one time you should never delay in seeking help.