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Burglary or Robbery?

Posted by Larry Avallone | Dec 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Did you ever wonder what the difference is? Did you know there is a difference between the terms burglary and robbery? There is a significant difference.


Breaking into a home, structure (or conveyance) to steal something is committing burglary. This is any unlawful entry into a structure for the purposes of committing a theft or other felony. The word “structure” is very important in this instance, since breaking into a car is a different crime. Along with homes this applies to illegally entering offices, detached garages, and sheds or other “structures.”  To recap, a burglary is entering a structure illegally, no victim is usually present and here in Florida it is usually a first, second or third degree felony.


Robbery usually means there is a victim present and it can happen anywhere. Robbery is taking, or attempting to take, an item from someone else through the use of force, threat, or intimidation. Robbery can happen anywhere. Many intended burglaries turn into robberies when a structure turns out to be occupied when the perpetrator is not  expecting it. For example a homeowner turns out to be at the residence, or a cleaning person is in an office after hours. This crime is usually a second degree felony, but is often a first degree felony if a weapon is used.

Charged with a crime and need assistance? Call Avallone Law P.A. today to discuss your options. 386-682-9235. We are here to help.

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Larry Avallone

Larry Avallone is a Volusia County Florida based Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney. He has been a Deputy Sheriff and a State Prosecutor and he exclusively practices criminal defense law.


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