The law looks at different criminal actions in different ways. For example, many think that theft, robbery and burglary are the same types of state charges. However, there are several differences between the three. It is crucial to know these differences when the police have arrested you for property offenses in Pennsylvania.
We will explain the differences between these three separate state charges by offering a few examples:
- Theft: Taking an object that is not yours is considered theft. Examples include shoplifting items, removing items from work and pocketing something from your neighbor’s home.
- Robbery: This is like theft in that it involves taking something you don’t own, but it becomes robbery if you use force or the threat of force. For example, if you use a weapon to take someone’s wallet or to hold up a cab driver, it is robbery.
- Burglary: This involves unlawfully entering a premise with the intent to commit a crime, even if you don’t take anything. Examples of unlawful entry include breaking and entering or simply trespassing onto another person’s property. If you take something while you are there, you may also face robbery or theft charges as well as the burglary charge.
All state charges involving another’s property or premise are treated quite seriously in our state. As such, defendants will benefit from creating a strong defense. Trusting the matter to chance regardless of your possible innocence is not wise as it could leave you vulnerable to harsh consequences upon conviction.
If you wish to find more about state charges in our state, we encourage you to continue exploring the defense resources on our website.