What is the Difference Between Burglary and Robbery?



    When it comes to stealing, there are a lot of different terms we use. Some of these terms include larceny, theft, robbery, burglary, and so on. While these words are often used interchangeably, they are different crimes with vastly different penalties. If you are charged with any of these crimes, you should retain the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Read on to learn more about the difference between robbery and burglary in New York and their associated penalties.

    What is a Robbery in New York?

    New York State defines robbery as forcible stealing. If someone either uses physical force or threatens to use physical force against another party while committing an act of larceny, it is considered a robbery. Larceny is defined as the theft of another person’s property.

    What Are the Penalties of a Robbery Charge?

    New York courts take robberies very seriously, which is why if you are being charged, you will want to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Some of the consequences you may face for a robbery charge in New York include:

    • Third Degree: Class D felony, 2-7 years in prison
    • Second Degree: Class C felony, 7-15 years in prison
    • First Degree: Class B felony, 10-25 years in prison

    How is Burglary Defined in New York?

    Burglary is defined as the act of trespassing or unlawfully entering or remaining on a property with the specific intent to commit a crime within a building. Though burglary generally lacks the violent aspect of robbery, New York courts will still pointedly pursue charges against all those accused of burglary.

    What are the Penalties for Committing a Burglary in New York?

    If you are convicted of a burglary charge in the state of New York, you may face the following legal consequences:

    • Third-degree burglary: Class D felony, 1-7 years in prison, potential $5,000 fine
    • Second-degree burglary: Class C felony, 1-15 years in prison, potential $5,000 fine
    • First-degree burglary: Class B felony, 1-25 years in prison, potential $5,000 fine

    Both of these crimes are taken seriously in New York and can result in high fines and prison time. If you are facing charges for robbery or burglary, reach out to our firm today. We will advocate for you and explore all possible defenses and legal avenues.

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