Do you understand robbery and burglary charges?

If you recently received property crime charges, the time to begin building your legal defense is now. Your prosecutor is already building the case against you, and without a strong legal defense to protect your rights and your privileges, you may suffer significant consequences that affect every area of your life.

Many people think of property crime charges as relatively "minor" charges, but this is not always the case. Depending on the nature of your charges, you could face hefty fines, jail time and ongoing restrictions to your privileges.

An experienced defense attorney can help you assess your circumstances and identify the grounds you have for building your defense. Don't hesitate to consult with professional legal counsel to protect your future freedoms.

Theft, robbery or burglary?

These two terms are sometimes used interchangeably in casual conversation, but in the legal world they are distinctly different. These distinctions are important to understand, because they may mean the difference between a simple property crime and violent crime with serious consequences.

Robbery and theft are very similar, and can happen anywhere. A theft involves taking someone else's property without that person's permission and without intending to give it back. Theft graduates to robbery when the individual or individuals taking the property of someone else use force or the threat of harm to do so.

If, for instance, a person walks into a store, grabs drink and runs out the door, that person has probably only committed a theft. However, if the same person walks into a store, pulls out a gun and waves it around while grabbing a drink and then points it at the cashier and walks out of the store, this is probably going to count as a robbery.

Burglary may involve taking property of others, but it is actually a charge for illegally entering a building of some kind to commit a crime. That crime may or may not involve theft, and the person may enter the structure any number of ways, even through a door he or she is not legally authorized to enter.

For instance, a person may enter into a restaurant after hours and use the kitchen to prepare controlled substances, or host unauthorized gambling. The crimes could qualify the act as burglary, even if the suspect cleans up afterwards, including the part of the grill that everyone hates to clean.

Get the help you need to build a strong defense

Every day that you wait to begin building your legal defense against property crime charges is a day that your prosecutor has to build a stronger case for your guilt. Do not wait to begin examining the details of your arrest, seeking out all the professional guidance you need. It is crucial that you do everything you can to protect your legal rights and privileges, for your own sake and for the sake those you love.

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