Robbery and burglary are two criminal terms that are thrown around without many people knowing the proper definitions of them. Both of these crimes refer to the stealing of someone else’s property, and they both are categorized under the broad crime of theft. However, there are important differences between these two illegal acts that will result in different consequences in court.
The basic definition of a robbery is to take something from a person by using force or the threat of force. Robbery is similar to theft because it involves taking someone’s property without their consent, but robbery involves additional elements to the crime. Committing a robbery means you are taking something from another person, whether the stolen property was on the person or if the property was within his or her control. Robbery also involves violence, which can include physical violence or the threat or force of violence.
Burglary also involves theft, but you don’t have to necessarily take property from someone else in order to be charged for this crime. Committing a burglary means that you are entering a building or structure with an intention to commit a crime inside of it. You can still be convicted for burglary without actually committing a crime inside of the structure, and the intended crime can be any kind of crime. Also, burglary does not require violent or forceful breaking and entering; you can be convicted just by opening a window or door.
The law offices of Richard Wingerden will assist you in court if you have been charged with robbery or burglary. Mr. Wingerden is a skilled criminal defense attorney who will evaluate the evidence of your case and fight to win your trial; contact him today.