Robbery Vs. Theft in New York State

Everyone knows that all types of theft are illegal. However, if you are facing a theft-related charge, it is important you understand truly what you are up against. Burglary is not the same as robbery, though generally, we often use the phrases interchangeably. This is why if you are someone who has been charged with a burglary or robbery-related offense in New York State, you must read on to learn more about your legal options going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is the definition of robbery according to New York State law?

Robbery, in New York State, is defined as forcible stealing. If, in the act of committing a larceny, an individual either uses physical force or threatens to use physical force upon another person to take his or her property.

What are the penalties for committing a robbery in New York?

There are several potential penalties you may face for committing a robbery in the state of New York. They come in varying degrees and are as follows:

  • Third Degree: Class D felony, 2-7 years in prison
  • Second Degree: Class C felony, 7-15 years in prison
  • First Degree: Class B felony, 10-25 years in prison

These heavy prison sentences may also come with either a $5,000 fee or a fee worth double the amount of financial gain from the robbery.

What is the definition of burglary according to New York law?

New York essentially defines burglary as the act of trespassing, or otherwise unlawfully entering or remaining on a property with the specific intent to commit a crime within a building.

What are the consequences of a burglary charge in New York?

New York courts harshly penalize those convicted of burglary charges. If you are facing burglary charges in New York, you must reach out to a knowledgeable attorney as soon as you possibly can. The consequences of a burglary charge in New York are as follows:

  • Third-degree burglary: Class D felony, 1-7 years in prison, potential $5,000 fine
  • Second-degree burglary: Class C felony, 1-15 years in prison, potential $5,000 fineFirst-degree
  • burglary: Class B felony, 1-25 years in prison, potential $5,000 fine

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