Often, burglary, robbery, and theft are used interchangeably even though there are distinct differences between all of them. Though, what all three do have in common is they may involve the unlawful taking of someone’s personal property by someone else. Below, we break down the difference between the three crimes.
A situation in which there is an unauthorized taking of property from another person to deprive them of it is considered theft, or larceny as the two terms are used interchangeably. Theft typically involved three main elements such as taking someone’s money or property without their permission, carrying the property or product away and/or intending to keep the property or product permanently. Someone can also commit the crime by taking unattended property such as a bike, cash left on a restaurant table, or even a parked car.
For some, theft and robbery sound the same because it involves stealing. Though the differentiating factor is that robbery is theft that is accomplished through using physical force, fear or intimidation. An individual cannot commit a robbery unless they take something from someone else, such as taking something they’re holding or taking property that is within their control.
Simply stated, burglary is the unlawful entry of a premise, such as a home, with intent to commit a crime once inside. Typically, burglary is a crime that can often include theft; however, an individual doesn’t necessarily need to take any property in order to be convicted of the crime. Simply stated, an individual can be charged with burglary whether or not the offense intended was actually committed.
Although each of these crimes have similar descriptions, they’re all different crimes which have their own set of penalties and consequences.
If you or someone you know has been charged with any of the above crimes, give Aldrich Legal Services a call at 734-404-3000 today. Our team of lawyers are familiar with the local system and can give you the help you deserve.