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What is the difference between burglary and robbery?

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2023 | Blog, Criminal Defense Process

Did you know that there is a difference between robbery and burglary? Although it may seem like a small issue, the difference is important, especially for those who face charges for these crimes.

Therefore, this is what suspects should know about burglary and robbery.

Burglary defined

Burglary involves entering a home or other building illegally. These individuals do not have permission to enter. Previous laws focused on breaking and entering forcibly, but today’s laws encompass any entry that is not permitted.

Although state laws differ, most often the suspects also should intend to steal something or commit another type of crime while they are inside the building. However, theft does not have to occur, and some states only require entering without permission.

Robbery defined

Robbery involves taking someone else’s property, assets or money without their permission. However, the items taken need to have value. These individuals have no intention to return the property. They may use intimidation or force to remove that property from its owner.

This crime does not require entering a building. The suspect must try or actually take something during a robbery. Intimidation or fear, including the threat of violence or actual violence, is typical in these crimes.

Potential penalties

A conviction in Florida may result in up to 30 years in prison, property damage repayment and a $10,000 fine. Robbery sentences can include five years to a lifetime in prison and a fine of up to $15,000, depending on the severity of the crime.

Felony convictions also result in the loss of some rights, such as voting and the right to bear arms.

Those who face robbery or burglary charges should understand the differences between the crimes and the penalties they could face.