robbery are often confused by those with little knowledge of the criminal justice
system. While these crimes are similar, there are key differences that
affect how they are charged and what kinds of penalties they carry.
Burglary and robbery are both property theft crimes. Burglary involves
unlawful entry into a home, business, or other property with the intention
to commit a theft when the owner is not present. An example of burglary
would be entering a person’s house and taking items while the owner
is away at work. Burglary can be classified as either a misdemeanor or
a felony depending on the severity of the crime. Robbery, on the other
hand, is always a felony crime, as it involves trying to take something
(or someone) using force or threat of force. Where burglary does not involve
the presence of a victim, robbery does. An example of a robbery would
be entering a business and demanding money from a safe while threatening
employees with a weapon.
Other Types of Theft Crimes
Burglary and robbery are just two types of theft crimes. Other theft crimes include:
Grand theft: Grand theft involves the intentional taking of property exceeding the
state statutory amount. In Arizona, the theft of more than $1,000 worth
of property, or the theft of a weapon or an animal for the purpose of
fighting, can be considered grand theft.
Extortion: Extortion involves forcing someone to do something against his or her
will by threatening them with financial hardship, damage to reputation,
violence, or property damage.
Larceny: Larceny typically refers to nonviolent theft of another’s personal
property that does not involve illegal entry. The only exception is the
burglary of a motor vehicle, which is classified as larceny.
While many of these theft crimes may sound similar, the distinctions are
important from a criminal defense perspective. Knowing exactly how to
handle a certain charge is key to defending an accused person. At Suzuki
Law Offices, L.L.C., we’ve handled everything from shoplifting to
first-degree burglary. No matter what type of theft charge you are facing,
our team stands ready to help.
Experienced Theft Crime Attorney in Phoenix, AZ
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