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What differentiates burglary, robbery, and larceny?

On Behalf of | May 19, 2017 | Blog, Criminal Law |

Criminal terms can quickly become confusing and it is important to have a full understanding of the crime you have been charged with, as well as the penalties that accompany this charge. One of the most common misconceptions is the differences between larceny, robbery, and burglary. This is so often confused because they all have to do with taking someone else’s property without consent from the other party.


Larceny is the simplest form of theft in New York State. In a larceny charge, the theft occurred without the use of force or weapons. The consequences of a larceny conviction are determined by the value of the property that has been stolen. Petit larceny applies to property that was stolen with a value of no more than $1,000. Grand larceny applies to stolen property valued over $1,000.


Burglaries are more serious crimes. In order for a crime to be considered a burglary, the person must have unlawfully entered a building with the intent to commit a crime. Burglaries don’t actually require you to commit a theft. The only requirement is that you enter a building unlawfully.


When a person uses physical force or fear during a theft, it is considered robbery. If someone commits a theft with a firearm, it becomes an armed robbery. You will be facing serious consequences if you are charged with robbery, especially if a firearm is involved and someone became injured.

If you have been charged with a crime, it is essential that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney today.

Contact The Law Office of Raji S. Zeidan, PC today to schedule a consultation if you are in need of strong legal representation for any of your criminal defense and personal injury matters.