What is the Difference Between Burglary and Robbery?

Burglary and robbery are often used interchangeably, but they actually carry vastly different penalties. Read on to learn more about the difference between burglary and robbery.

What is Burglary?

To be convicted of burglary, you must be guilty of trespassing. Trespassing can be defined as entering a structure or research facility without permission–while either committing or having the intent to commit a crime within that building. The term “structure” is key because the phrase can cover rooms, buildings, ships, tents, airplanes, vehicles, or any other place adapted for sleeping or business. New Jersey courts will upgrade your burglary charge to aggravated burglary if you are found guilty of either inflicting or threatening to inflict bodily injury on another person while in the act of committing a burglary. You may also be charged with aggravated burglary if you are either armed with or appear to be armed with an explosive device or deadly weapon.

What are the Penalties of a Burglary Charge?

If you are convicted of burglary, you may face the following:

  • Up to 5 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
  • Additionally, if you are convicted of aggravated burglary, you may face up to 10 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines.

What is Robbery?

In New Jersey, robbery is defined as theft that involves violence, force, or threat of force. There are different degrees of robbery. Most offenses are considered a second-degree offense. However, it can be upgraded to the first degree if the offender attempts to kill another person, inflicts bodily injury, commits or threatens to commit a crime, or is armed with, uses, or threatens the use of a weapon.

What are the Penalties of a Robbery Charge?

The consequences of a robbery charge can include the following:

  • Robbery in the Second Degree: 5 to 10 years in prison as well as a $150,000 fine.
  • Robbery in the First Degree: 10 to 20 years in jail.

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