What is the Difference Between Robbery and Burglary?

There are various theft-related charges that one can receive in Texas, though they all have different meanings and consequences. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Texas criminal defense attorneys to learn more about the differences between these charges, what it means to face these charges, and how our firm can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Robbery Vs. Burglary: What’s the Difference?

The difference between robbery and burglary largely rests on the fact that one involves violence, or the threat of violence, and one does not. Simply put, burglary is entering private property without the owner’s consent with the intention of committing a crime. You can, however, also be charged with burglary if you are caught trying to break into a car. That being said, you should also note that you do not have to be successful in committing the intended crime for you to be charged with burglary. If you are convicted of a burglary charge, there is a very good chance you will face felony charges, which will most likely land you behind bars for many years. Rather obviously, if you are facing burglary charges, you cannot afford to proceed without the assistance of an experienced Houston criminal defense attorney.

On the other hand, to be charged with robbery, someone must commit a theft while either causing bodily harm to another person, or merely intend to cause bodily harm to another person. You can also receive a robbery charge, which is a second-degree felony, for threatening to cause bodily harm to someone, or having someone reasonably fear that you will harm them.

What is aggravated robbery in Texas?

Aggravated robbery, sometimes also referred to as armed robbery, is when someone commits an act of theft while exhibiting a deadly weapon, such as a firearm, in the process. You may also be charged with aggravated robbery if you rob a disabled person or someone who is over 65 years of age. Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony, and you may spend several years in jail without the assistance of an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney. For any additional questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call today. We are here to help you through every step of the process ahead.

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