Nike (High-top Jordan Flight Tradition men's Shoes (High-top Nike Trainers) in Grey 5f230e Nike (High-top Jordan Flight Tradition men's Shoes (High-top Nike Trainers) in Grey 5f230e
Shoes adidas - ZX FLUX M19838 Alumin/Runwhi - Sneakers - Low shoes - Women's shoes,Adidas X Tango 18.1 Tr,Patrizia Pepe Ankle Boot - Women Patrizia Pepe Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11512029KV,Ewing CONCEPT MASE CHARLOTTE - High-top trainers - white/navy/grey/purple/gold,Nike Jordan Men's Jordan Flow Training Shoe,Sneakers CARINII - B4321 504-J16-000-B67 - Sneakers - Low shoes - Women's shoes,Oxfords TRUSSARDI JEANS - 79A00292 E151 - Oxfords - Low shoes - Women's shoes,Jack & Jones JFWOLLY - Trainers - java,HUF GALAXY - Trainers - black/blue,Shop Adidas Men's Superstar Triple Granite BB3696 - - 23437026,NIKE AIR JORDAN FUTURE BOOT SZ 8 BLACK GYM RED COOL GREY 854554 001,Man's/Woman's:Leqarant Ankle Length Boots : Fashion Pattern,Diadora Mens N9000 S Red Beet Suede Size 13Nike Jordan Kids Air Jordan 4 Retro Gg Basketball Shoe,Converse Women's Shoes sneakers Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 157608C BLUE Size 36,Roberto Botticelli Ankle Boot - Women Roberto Botticelli Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11512734QRShoes SENSO - 70836-2 Zamsz 653 - Heels - Low shoes - Women's shoes,Inov-8 BARE XF 210 - Sports shoes - grey/black/orangeToggi Womens Canyon Boots 40,Norma J.Baker Ankle Boot - Women Norma J.Baker Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11516280LQ,Dr-martens 1461 Met 3 Eye SantosMen's/Women's:Merrell Kids Snow Quest Lite Waterproof (Big Kid):Online Shop,Shoes SAGAN - 3155 Czarny Lakier/Złoto - Heels - Low shoes - Women's shoes,Shoes ARA - 12-45519-66 Schwarz - Heels - Low shoes - Women's shoes,Nike Jordan Men's Jordan CP3.IX AE Basketball ShoeMan's/Woman's:Wilson Rush Pro 2.5 Clay:exportRosie the Riveter Yellow Shoes for Women- We Can Do It! - Rosie Women SneakersShoes GEOX - D New Do A D724NA 00085 C4008 Denim - Flats - Low shoes - Women's shoes,Cole Haan Men's Jay Grand Cap Oxfords,Shop Mizuno Wave Pro Phecy 5 Running Men's Shoes - 7 d(m) us - On Sale - - 22401213,
Ivory Wedding Sandals with Pearls and Crystals Ivory Bridal Sandals Destination Wedding Sandals Beach Wedding Sandals Beach Wedding Shoes,

Some use the term “robbery” when a “burglary” has happened, and vice versa. The words actually refer to different crimes, with their own legal definitions and penalties.

Gentleman/Lady:Frye Melissa Button Lug Tall: Crazy Price,Nike Girls Air Jordan 5 Retro GG "Raptor" Black/Ember Glow-Purple 440892-017,Shop Nike Men's Air Jordan Super Fly 5 PO Team Royal/Metallic Silver 881571-406 - On Sale - - 20139459,1950s 60s Red Canvas Daniel Green Summer Spring Mid Century Sandals Shoes Nautical Patriotic Size 8.5 or 9,Shoes CLARKS - Tri Actor 261237994 Black Leather - Flats - Low shoes - Women's shoes,Donald Pliner Men's Santos Venetian Suede Colorblock Slip-On LoafersMen's/Women's:El Naturalista Nido N787:elegant form,Boemos Ankle Boot - Women Boemos Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11510929MV,Superga 2750 Cotu Classic Trainers Grey Sage - UK 4 (EU 37)Gentlemen/Ladies:Lucchese Francesca: King of quantity,Nike Men's Jordan Son of Low Basketball Shoe,Nike Men's Air Jordan Illusion Gym Red/Gym Red-Black 705141-601 Size 10,Shoes NIKE - Blazer Low Sd AA3962 301 Igloo/Sail/Sail - Sneakers - Low shoes - Women's shoes,Jordan Spizike BP Preschool Basketball Shoes Gym Red/Black/White/Wolf Grey 317700-603,L'Amour Des Pieds Adelais Wedge Sandals,Shop Men's Burnetie Hiking Mid Boot Black Leather - On Sale - - 12507420,Vivien Ankle Boot - Women Vivien Ankle Boots online on Canada - 11514286EBGlobe CHUKKA - Trainers - navy,Man/Woman:Buckler Scuff Cap Safety Boots 9:International Big Name,Shop Nike Men's Air Jordan Illusion Black/Black-Retro-Light Green Spark705141-006 - - 21141703,Assemble Avengers Custom Shoes, Assemble Avengers Custom Shoes, Marvel Shoes, Superhero DC Comics Custom Converse, Captain America,Shoes GINO ROSSI - Savona DCG778-Q64-JE00-5700-0 59 - Heels - Low shoes - Women's shoes,Men's Deer Stags Slipperooz WhereverMan's/Woman's:Bogs Seattle Solid Mid:Great value,Shop Nunn Bush Men's Bristol 3014 Bicycle Toe Side Zipper Boot Black - - 9651963,Premiata Ankle Boot - Women Premiata Ankle Boots online on Australia - 11516767GT,Lacoste CARNABY EVO - Trainers - navy/white,Gentlemen/Ladies:Jordan Air Jordan 11 Retro Low Sneakers :exquisite,Nike Grade-School Air Jordan 1 Birch/Light Melon-Black 322678-281,Vintage 1940's Black Leather Strappy Peep Toe Platform Shoes * Size 4 B,

Imagine that a family returns home from a night out to find the front door ajar. The family members walk inside to discover that jewelry and other items are missing. When they call the police, what are they reporting? A robbery or a burglary?

While people often use the terms “burglary” and “robbery” interchangeably, the words actually have meaningful differences. Burglary involves a person illegally entering a building in order to commit a crime while inside; robbery is generally when someone takes something of value directly from another person by the use of force or fear.

So, to answer the question, the family home has been burglarized.

Robbery is a crime where someone takes something of value directly from someone else. While laws vary by state, the typical elements of the crime are :

  • taking money or property
  • directly from someone
  • without permission
  • with the intent to keep the property permanently
  • through the use of force or intimidation.

The Crime of Burglary

States also define burglary slightly differently. But the offense usually has the following elements:

  • illegally entering
  • a building (usually a home or business)
  • with the intent to steal something or commit a felony while inside.


In the past, most states defined burglary as forcibly breaking into another person’s home at night. Today, though, burglary statutes are generally much broader. Normally, someone can commit burglary by simply entering any type of building without permission at any time of day while intending to commit a crime once inside.

As you can see above, robbery and burglary have distinct elements. For instance, one crime doesn’t have to involve a building, while the other does. Below are a couple other key differences.


Although burglary often involves theft, a person doesn’t have to steal anything to be convicted of the crime. Robbery, on the other hand, almost always involves theft—the defendant takes or tries to take something from the victim.

Under many burglary laws, the intended crime must be a felony or some form of theft, but some states say that a person who enters a building without permission and intends to commit any crime inside is guilty of burglary. For instance, illegally entering a building with the intent to commit an assault can be the basis for a burglary conviction.

Burglary and robbery also differ when it comes to the use of force. Force, whether against a person or to get into a building, generally isn’t required for a burglary conviction. Robbery, though, necessarily involves the use of force—or at least intimidation—against another person.

In order to be convicted of robbery, someone must use violence or the threat of violence to take something of value directly from another. For example, suppose a man armed with a knife demands money from a gas station attendant and then runs away with the cash. The man has just committed robbery because he used the threat of force to steal money directly from the victim.

Potential Penalties

As with the definitions of robbery and burglary, penalties vary by state. Generally, though, both are considered serious crimes and convictions can result in stiff punishments. Most states divide robbery and burglary offenses into degrees of severity, depending on factors such as whether a weapon is involved or the crime results in someone getting hurt.

In most states, robbery is always a felony. A robbery conviction can result in significant prison time and hefty fines, especially if the crime involves a weapon. For instance, Maine’s law states that robbery is punishable by a maximum of ten years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. A conviction for armed robbery in that state is classified as a more serious crime and can lead to a sentence of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of as much as $50,000. (Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 17-A, §§ 651, 1252, 1301 (2017).)

As with robbery, in most cases burglary is a felony. State laws tend to divide burglary into different levels of seriousness, depending on such factors as:

  • the type of crime the burglar intended to commit inside the building
  • whether the burglar was armed with a weapon
  • the type of building involved, and
  • whether the building was occupied at the time.

In Hawaii, for example, a burglar who is armed with a weapon, harms someone during the crime, or enters a residence (as opposed to an office, for example) can be sentenced to as many as ten years in prison and fined up to $25,000. (Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 706-640, 706-660, 708-810 (2017).)

Again, criminal statutes and penalties can vary widely by state. For more information on burglary and robbery, and to learn about the laws in your area, consult an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Shoes CLARKS - Dalia Lily 261332504 Nude Combi - Heels - Low shoes - Women's shoes,
  1. Briefly tell us about your case
  2. Provide your contact information
  3. Choose attorneys to contact you

Legal Information

Related Products

PUMA Men's Suede Classic Debossed q3 Fashion Sneaker, Barbados Cherry (9.5 D(M) US),

Related Ads

Man's/Woman's:Clarks Weaver Boot : Affordable,
DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS Nike (High-top Jordan Flight Tradition men's Shoes (High-top Nike Trainers) in Grey 5f230e

We've helped 95 clients find attorneys today.

Shop The North Face Men's Chilkat III Snow Boot TNF Black/Dark Gull Grey - - 19417558,

How It Works

  1. Briefly tell us about your case
  2. Provide your contact information
  3. Choose attorneys to contact you
Gel-Dedicate Tennis Shoes for Carpet - White,

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Nolo ® Self-help services may not be permitted in all states. The information provided on this site is not legal advice, does not constitute a lawyer referral service, and no attorney-client or confidential relationship is or will be formed by use of the site. The attorney listings on this site are paid attorney advertising. In some states, the information on this website may be considered a lawyer referral service. Please reference the Terms of Use and the Supplemental Terms for specific information related to your state. Your use of this website constitutes acceptance of the Terms of Use, Supplemental Terms, Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

  • Gentlemen/Ladies:Women's Funtasma Militant 128:Take full advantage of materials
  • Reebok Kids ZPump Fusion 2.0 (Little Kid/Big Kid)
  • Bass Weejuns Men's Larson Moc Leather Penny Loafers - Wine - UK 8 - Burgundy
  • Vintage 1940's Black Leather Strappy Peep Toe Platform Shoes * Size 4 B
  • Bianco CLEAN KING - Trainers - black/white
  • Giancarlo Paoli Ankle Boot - Women Giancarlo Paoli Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11477291MS
  • Asics Sneakers - Women Asics Sneakers online on United Kingdom - 11561972FD
  • Dune - White leather 'Landoo' slingback sandals
  • Diemme Sneakers - Men Diemme Sneakers online on Canada - 11500517KA