Burglary, and robbery are not the same crimes.
In burglary cases, someone may enter a house that is unoccupied and steal the owner’s possessions. Since no one was home, there is no use of violence or the threat of fear against a victim.
When a robbery is committed, there is usually a victim who has suffered either an injury or some other type of harm.
Since robbery includes violence against a victim, it is a more serious charge than burglary, theft, or larceny. Robbery may also be referred to as an assault or aggravated larceny. When robbery includes a weapon such as a handgun, it is called armed robbery. It’s important to understand that robbery is a felony and that there are serious penalties and consequences for those who are convicted of the crime.
If you have been charged with robbery you must seek the advice and counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you feel that you don’t have enough money to afford an attorney, you should still schedule a consultation with an attorney. These consultations are often free of charge and the attorney may be willing to work out a payment arrangement with you. You are entitled to have the best legal defense available and contacting an attorney is the best way to ensure that your needs and civil rights are being represented.