Robbery and burglary are different crimes, although there is one similarity
between the two. Robbery is always a felony charge, while burglary in
certain instances may be a misdemeanor. The penalties are severe for defendants
convicted of either crime.
So, what are the differences between burglary and robbery? Robbery is the
authorized taking of property from someone by the threat or use of force.
In other words, if someone says he or she will harm in you in some way
if you don’t give the offender your purse, then the threat of force
is there and the crime is robbery.
Burglary, on the other hand, is entering into a structure, like a business
or home, with the intent to commit a crime. Stealing is not an element
of the crime; simply intending to commit a crime is enough for the charge
Robbery carries a possible penalty of up to 30 years in prison for robbery-carjacking
to up to 15 years for simple robbery.
Burglary carries a possible penalty of up to 20 years in prison for burglary with
explosives to three years in prison for burglary 4th degree. Only two
burglary charges are misdemeanors, burglary 4th degree and breaking and
As you can see, the penalties can be severe and that is why it is essential
to present a strong, well-thought out defense against the charges. Even
being charged with either crime can have a detrimental effect on your
job, family and social circle. An experienced attorney can help by giving
you additional information on robbery and burglary.