Charges of burglary and robbery are relatively common, yet many people are unaware about the legal definition of each term and what kind of penalties they can incur. Sometimes the two terms are used interchangeably or are confused with one another, which is not the case. If you or a loved one has been charged with burglary or robbery, San Diego criminal defense
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Burglary involves breaking into premises such as a residence, office or building, or vehicle of some kind, in order to commit a felony while inside. Usually, the felony in question is theft, though any crime committed after breaking in counts as well. For this reason, burglary is also called breaking and entering. A burglary may be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on what occurred. The penalties for burglary will vary, and can range from a fine and jail time to prison time.
Robbery involves taking something of value from another person by using force or threat. Robbery is charged as a felony, and penalties for robbery will vary depending on the circumstances of the case. Armed robbery, for example, will carry more severe penalties than unarmed robbery. Generally, a fine and several years of incarceration are common penalties for robbery.