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The Differences between Burglary, Theft, and Robbery

Most people tend to believe that the terms burglary, theft, and robbery are synonymous. However, as each is considered a distinct crime, it’s important to be aware of the differences between these three terms. Unfortunately, many people in Cape Cod don’t understand the technicalities of each term – something attorney James Powderly knows can have a large impact on the outcome of a case.

Requirements for Burglary, Theft, and Robbery

Each of the three terms – burglary, theft, and robbery – imply different crimes and, thus, different consequences. The following definitions should help to distinguish between each:

  • Burglary – when an individual shows intent to break inside a building without proper consent (going through an open door or window satisfies this requirement); in addition, the individual shows intent to commit a crime while inside, including theft
  • Theft – when an individual takes something from someone without proper consent; embezzlement and fraud are both considered types of theft
  • Robbery – when an individual shows intent to commit theft, using a form of violence or threat of violence; the most common example of this is a stickup in which a robber threatens to shoot a cashier unless money is given over

In all cases, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant intended to permanently deprive them of their property. Failure to do so can lessen the crime the defendant is charged with or result in having their charges dismissed.

Discuss the Burglary, Theft, and Robbery Charges with a Cape Cod Defense Attorney

Every individual charged of a crime has the legal right to defend him or herself against that charge. Thankfully for Cape Cod residents, attorney James Powderly is experienced in handling charges of burglary, theft, and robbery, so he knows what it takes to get a client charged of such accusations a positive outcome. Should you ever find yourself facing such charges, call 508-343-0676 to find out what legal options you may have.