What Are the Differences Between Burglary and Robbery in Texas?

There are a number of key differences between burglary and robbery in Texas. If you were charged with either, however, you will need an experienced attorney on your side no matter what. Reach out to our firm today to discuss the details of your case and learn more about how our dedicated firm can best support you. Our Houston criminal defense attorneys are on your side.

How do burglary and robbery differ in Texas?

The biggest difference between burglary and robbery is that in most instances, an act of burglary does not involve violence, while an act of robbery is naturally violent. Burglary in Texas is defined as when someone breaks into and enters private property without the owner’s consent and with the intent of committing a crime, more commonly, theft. However, in most instances, burglary is a non-violent crime, but even if you have been accused of burglary, you will most likely still face felony charges, which can merit high fines, years of incarceration, and more.

With that being said, robbery is typically a more intense charge, because it involves committing an act of theft while a person 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 treated as second-degree felonies, which means they have very severe penalties, including years in prison.

What is the difference between robbery and aggravated robbery?

Basically, the distinction between robbery and aggravated robbery (also referred to as armed robbery,) is that aggravated robbery concerns committing an act of robbery while showing a deadly weapon, such as a firearm. Additionally, individuals may also obtain aggravated robbery charges for robbing a disabled person or someone who is over the age of 65. It is important to understand that aggravated robbery is considered a first-degree felony, for which you may spend years in prison, and also a number of other penalties.

If you are facing either a burglary or robbery charge in Texas, it is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today to retain the services of a skilled criminal defense attorney.  Our legal team has the knowledge and experience required to ensure that you and your future are protected. Give us a call today to get started. We are on your side no matter what.


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