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How do burglary, larceny and robbery differ?

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2022 | Criminal Defense

People sometimes use the terms burglary, larceny and robbery interchangeably. However, they are very different offenses. If you’re charged with any one of them, you need to understand exactly what it is that you’re being accused of.

Taking the time to review the differences in circumstances that can lead to these charges is important. Let’s take a look at each one.

What is burglary?

Burglary means that a person entered a structure, usually a home or business, unlawfully and for the purpose of conducting an illegal activity. It isn’t necessary to steal something to be charged with burglary.

What is larceny?

Larceny involves someone stealing something from someone else. This could be a business or a person. Shoplifting is one example. Larceny doesn’t include any violence or threat of violence. The value of the goods taken determines the charges that apply to the crime.

What is robbery?

A robbery is a larceny that involves force, violence or the treat of force or violence. One important consideration for this charge is that there doesn’t have to be a weapon present. It can occur without any weapon as long as the person is threatening to use force or violence of any sort.

Anyone who’s facing one of these criminal charges should ensure they understand their rights. It’s imperative that you find out what options you have to handle these charges. Having experienced legal guidance can help you determine what defense strategy is the most appropriate option in your case. Be sure you do this as soon as possible to help ensure that your rights are protected from the beginning.