Key differences: Robbery, theft, Burglary
● Theft occurs when someone “intentionally takes and carries away, uses, transfers, conceals, or retains possession of movable property of another without the other’s consent and with intent to deprive the owner permanently of possession of such property.”
● Burglary occurs when someone “intentionally enters a place without the consent of the person in lawful possession and with intent to steal or commit a felony.” Often referred to as breaking and entering.
● Robbery occurs when someone “takes property from the person or presence of the owner by either, using force or by threatening the imminent use of force.”
There’s a possibility you’ll suffer these consequences too:
● Loss of current employment.
● Loss of future professional opportunities.
● Loss of academic scholarships.
● Loss of business or client accounts.
● Suspension of driver’s license.
● Loss of trust within close relationships.
● Public scrutiny.
● Potential denial of applications for U.S. Green Cards or U.S. Citizenship.
● The stolen property was valued at $100,000 or more: maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000
● The property was valued between $20,000 and $99,000: maximum of 15 years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines or
● The property was valued between $300 and $19,999, or it was a firearm, a motor vehicle, a commercially farmed animal, a fire extinguisher, any amount of fruit consisting of 2,000 or more pieces, a stop sign, construction signs, or anhydrous ammonia: maximum five years in prison and a $5,000 fine
● The property was valued between $100 and $299: maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine or
● The property was valued at less than $100: maximum of 60 days in prison and a $500 fine.
Charges will vary based on the extent to which you used force in carrying out the crime:
● Robbery without a deadly weapon: Charged as a second-degree felony, up to 15 years in prison
● Robbery with a deadly weapon: Charged as a first-degree felony, up to life in prison
● A home invasion with or without a deadly weapon: Charged as a first-degree felony, up to life in prison
Burglary is a felony in Florida and may be charged in the first, second, or third degree.
● First-degree burglary: Applies if you used a motor vehicle to destroy the structure of if you caused more than $1,000 in damage to it, up to life in prison and a $10,000 fine
● Second-degree burglary: If you did not use a deadly weapon or commit an assault or battery when you entered the structure, a maximum of fifteen years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
● Third-degree burglary: If you did not use a deadly weapon or commit an assault or battery, and if the occupants of the dwelling were not present at the time you entered, imprisonment of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000
Speak to an experienced defense lawyer as soon as possible. And we’ll prepare for your defense. A criminal record for Robbery, Theft and Burglary can make it difficult to get a job, housing, or loans in the future. Attorney Orlando Rodriguez can help you understand the criminal justice system and the charges against you.
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