How is Robbery Different From Burglary?

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How is Robbery Different From Burglary?

Illinois law states that there is a clear difference between robbery and burglary. However, the two theft crimes have one thing in common — both are serious charges that should not be taken lightly.

What is Robbery?

Robbery is defined as someone taking another person’s property through force or threatening force against that individual. Someone would be charged with aggravated robbery if that individual committing the crime has a weapon. The person accused doesn’t need to necessarily use that weapon against an individual — by simply having the weapon the accused can be charged with armed robbery.

A robbery, or aggravated robbery, can result in a significant punishment for someone facing those charges. In Illinois, a robbery is classified as a Class 2 felony. This could result in a person facing three to seven years in prison and fines up to $25,000. The punishment is even heftier if the victim of a robbery was over the age of 60 or handicapped, or if the crime took place at a care home, a daycare, or a place of worship. If a person is convicted of a robbery like this, they could face a Class 1 felony with punishments of four to 15 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

What is Burglary?

In a burglary, a person breaks into a vehicle or building without the permission of the owner and has the intent to commit a theft or other crime. In Illinois, burglary related-crimes are broken down into four categories:

  • burglary - going into a building with the intent to commit a crime inside;
  • residential burglary - going into someone’s home with the intent to commit a crime inside;
  • home invasion - going into someone’s home and causing injury or threatening force; while armed; and,
  • criminal trespass - going onto someone’s property without permission.

Depending on the type of burglary will determine the type of punishment for one of these crimes. Someone convicted of burglary without causing any damage could face a Class 3 felony which means two to five years in prison and a fine up to $25,000. If the crime results in property damage, the person convicted could be facing a Class 2 felony with prison time from three to seven years and a fine up to $25,000.

These types of crimes should not be taken lightly and anyone facing these charges will need experienced representation. That’s where The Toney Law Firm, LLC comes in. Our office knows the law and has helped clients facing these charges in the past. Contact our team today to see how we will fight for you.