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The Differences Between Robbery and Burglary

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_432937852.jpgBurglary and robbery are very serious crimes that can come with undesired consequences.  Along with other types of theft, being charged for these types of crimes can impact your future employment opportunities, your relationships with family and loved ones, and your overall quality of life. In Illinois, the definitions of burglary and robbery are very different, and it is very important to know the difference between them.

The Definition and Consequences of Burglary

Burglary is defined as when an individual enters another individual’s property without authorization and has the intention to commit theft. Property could mean another individual’s house, building, house trailer, aircraft, watercraft, railroad car, and personal vehicle:

  • If the individual commits burglary, but does not cause damage to any watercraft, aircraft, personal vehicle, or railroad car, he or she may be guilty of a Class 3 felony.
  • If the individual commits burglary in a building or house trailer, or causes damage to any watercraft, aircraft, personal vehicle, or railroad car, he or she may be guilty of a Class 2 felony.
  • If the individual commits burglary on school grounds, day care center or home, child care facility, or place of worship, he or she may be charged with a Class 1 felony.

The Definition and Consequences of Robbery

Robbery is defined as when an individual intentionally takes property from another individual by the use of force or by threatening use of force:

  • Robbery is automatically a Class 2 felony.
  • Unless the individual affected by the crime is at least 60 years old, or he or she has a physical disability, committing robbery is a Class 1 felony.
  • If an individual commits robbery on school grounds, day care center or home, child care facility, or place of worship, he or she may be guilty of a Class 1 felony.  

Call a Glendale Heights Theft Defense Lawyer

Burglary and robbery are very serious crimes that may cost you your overall quality of life, including future employment opportunities and relationships with loved ones, to name a few unwanted consequences. If you have been charged with burglary or robbery, Myers Law LLC will fight for your legal rights. For a free 15-minute phone consultation, please call a DuPage County criminal defense attorney at (844) 984-3529 (844-9-THE-LAW) to discuss your case today. To further meet the needs of our clients, our attorneys are also fluent in Spanish.

Sources

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=1876&ChapterID=53&SeqStart=62600000&SeqEnd=63400000

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=1876&ChapterID=53&SeqStart=61900000&SeqEnd=62600000

 

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