Different Types of Robbery

Robbery isn’t always a catch-all term that can be used interchangeably for different types of offenses. While I was previously aware that stealing larger amounts of goods resulted in different levels of punishment, I didn’t know just how nuanced these cases could be. That’s why I helped create a guide to the ins and outs of this type offense! Here’s what you should know in regards to robbery on the off-chance that you find yourself in a sticky situation.

Robbery vs. Burglary

The difference between these two words can make a world of difference for someone concerned about their sentencing. Robbery is using intimidation or physical presence to steal from someone. Burglary doesn’t use the threat of violence to achieve this goal.

What does this mean? Basically, if you break into someone’s house while they’re not home, you are committing a burglary. But, if the homeowner turns out to be home, the burglary then escalates into a robbery. This makes it more dangerous- the presence of another person makes a violent act that much more likely to be committed.

Because of the increased possibility of violence, robberies tend to carry much harsher sentences than burglaries. If possible, avoid a robbery at all costs due to their dangerous nature and risk of punishment.

Severity of theft

Here are the main degrees of theft. The more capital that was stolen through the theft, the harsher the punishment the perpetrator will receive.

  • Burglary

If someone is proven to have intentions to commit a burglary, they may be charged with burglary. However, this intent is not always easy to prove. Merely breaking and entering does not constitute an intent to steal. These key distinctions, that could be the reason you catch a break in your case are easier to understand with the help of lawyers like those at Bruno Law Offices.

  • Petty theft

If you do get caught in the act of stealing something, petty theft typically carries the lightest sentence out of all of these. Petty theft makes up a large chunk of theft and is made of small dollar amounts and inexpensive items.

  • Grand theft

Possibly the riskiest move, grand theft is stealing someone else’s property. Stealing cars and other vehicles fall into the category of grand theft. Getting charged with grand theft can have severe implications on your future and can follow you through the rest of your career.

  • Embezzlement

This is what happens when someone has been trusted with someone else’s money and uses it for another, unintended purpose. This is a high-risk form of theft, and it can have major implications on your employment and future career.

While this is not by any means an exhaustive list of all the nuance that goes into a case regarding theft, it should be a good jumping-off point for anyone who’s looking to learn a little bit more about their case. I’m no expert, but I highly recommend getting in contact with an attorney who can work on your case to get the lightest sentence possible. One mistake shouldn’t follow you for the rest of your life.