Despite both arguably falling under the category of theft crimes, burglary and robbery are two very different crimes. If you need help distinguishing between the two, please read on, then contact an experienced Spring Valley violent crimes lawyer to learn what the differences are between burglary and robbery in New York.
The most important thing to remember is that burglary involves entering a home or another building illegally whether or not the criminal steals something, whereas robbery involves taking property from a person through threats or fear of harm.
The state of New York takes burglaries and robberies very seriously. The breakdown for both is as follows:
Burglary in the first degree:
Burglary in the 2nd degree:
Burglary in the 3rd degree:
Robbery in the first degree:
Robbery in the second degree:
The amount of time you serve and the fines you pay will vary on the number of times, if any, you have sustained convictions for violent crimes in the past. Your age and the circumstances of the case will also play a factor in the court’s decision.
A person charged with burglary should reach out to a skilled Rockland County criminal defense attorney to see if he or she qualifies for a diversionary program. These programs can help a person avoid both a conviction for the crime and jail time. On the other hand, a robbery charge requires a strong defense, as a conviction can have a significant impact on every aspect of your life. In either case, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed or attempted to commit theft and/or used or threatened to use force in carrying out the theft. A seasoned legal professional can make that a tall order. Do not go it alone. Give us a call today.
Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.