While it may seem like there’s no difference between burglary and robbery since both crimes involve stealing from an individual or place, they’re charged quite differently within the legal system. In Maryland, burglary and robbery have legal repercussions and fines that may be incurred. Even though there’s a notable difference between the two crimes, both charges are serious criminal offenses that you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend your case. Read on to learn about the differences between burglary and robbery.
What is Burglary?
Burglary is considered a crime in the first, second, third, or fourth-degree depending upon the severity of your case. Burglary in the fourth degree is typically considered a misdemeanor, while first, second, and third-degree burglary charges are felonies if you’re convicted. When you’ve been charged with burglary, you’re facing the accusation of breaking and entering a home or building with the intent to commit any crime, whether it’s a violent crime or theft.
What is Robbery?
Robbery is considered a violent crime that includes a combination of assault and theft in Maryland. According to Maryland Code § 3-401, robbery involves intentionally taking property or a service from another individual or owner using force. The greater umbrella branch of robbery charges includes robbery, armed robbery, and/or carjacking.
What Different Punishments May I Face?
The charges you may face ultimately depend upon the severity and seriousness of your burglary or robbery charge. If you’re facing fourth-degree burglary as a misdemeanor, you’re looking at up to three years in prison. Even with a felony conviction, you can face 20 years in prison and upwards of $10,000 in fines. When it comes to robbery, you can face anywhere from 15 to 30 years in prison with a felony conviction. With such harsh penalties, it’s vital to contact the highly experienced legal team at Albers & Associates.
Albers & Associates is Your Experienced Legal Team
Albers & Associates is your highly experienced Baltimore legal team. We can advocate on your behalf for the best possible resolution for your case. Our highly skilled legal team can expertly navigate your case and work with you during this difficult time. Contact us today for a consultation. You can also give us a call at our downtown Baltimore, MD office (410) 505-0671 or Dundalk, MD office (410) 505-7831.