Burglary Vs. Robbery in Texas | What You Need to Know

As you may know, there are various ways in which an individual can commit an act of theft, such as by shoplifting, though all of them are against the law. Among the most serious theft-related charges one can commit are burglary and robbery. If you’ve been charged with either, you are most likely now facing a wide array of very harsh consequences. Our Houston criminal defense attorneys are here to help. Read on and reach out to our firm to learn more about the difference between robbery and burglary and how we can assist you if you’ve been charged with either. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is the difference between burglary and robbery in Texas?

The primary difference between burglary and robbery is that in most cases, an act of burglary does not involve violence, while an act of robbery is inherently violent. Burglary is when someone breaks into and enters private property without the owner’s consent and with the intent of committing a crime, usually one of theft. Though in most cases, burglary is a non-violent crime, if you’ve been accused of burglary, you will most likely still face felony charges, which can warrant high fines, years of incarceration, and more.

That being said, robbery is generally a more severe charge, as it involves committing an act of theft while an individual either threatened to cause bodily harm to another person, intended to cause bodily harm to another person, or did cause bodily harm to another person. Robbery charges are second-degree felonies, which come with very severe penalties, including years in prison.

What is the difference between robbery and aggravated robbery?

Essentially, the difference between robbery and aggravated robbery (also known as armed robbery) is that aggravated robbery involves committing an act of robbery while exhibiting a deadly weapon, such as a firearm. Further, individuals may also receive aggravated robbery charges for robbing a disabled person or someone who is over the age of 65. You should understand that aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony, for which you may spend years in prison, in addition to several other penalties. Our Texas criminal defense attorney is here to do everything in his power to shield you from the ramifications of such charges.


We understand how challenging various legal matters can be, which is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping clients in Texas through a wide array of legal matters, including personal injury law and criminal defense. If you have sustained a serious injury or are facing criminal charges, contact the Gonzalez Law Group today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the legal process ahead.