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What Is the Difference Between Robbery and Burglary?

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What Is the Difference Between Robbery and Burglary?


The language concerning theft crimes is often confusing and, therefore, misunderstood. What exactly is robbery, what is burglary, and how do the two crimes differ? We’ve developed your need-to-know guide to better understand these charges.

Robbery Charges

In the state of Nevada, robbery is defined as taking personal property through the threat or act of force/violence. This can include the use of a weapon, or simply involve the threat of violence. According to Nevada code 200.380, the degree of violence is immaterial if used to steal the property. Threatening or using violent actions helps the perpetrator:

  • Obtain possession of the property
  • Overcome resistance to taking the property
  • Facilitate escape from the scene

Burglary Charges

A burglary charge involves breaking and entering a property in an effort to steal personal property, or commit assault or battery on another person. Unlike robbery, burglary doesn’t always involve violence.

As defined in Nevada code 205.060, burglary differs from robbery in that it must involve the breaking and entering of a property, which can include:

  • Houses
  • Vessels
  • Vehicles
  • Trailers
  • Airplanes
  • Gliders
  • Railroad cars

Comparing Sentences

Due to its violent nature, robbery is a class B felony and requires a minimum sentence of 2 years, with a maximum of 15 years, in prison.

Burglary is also a class B felony. If the crime did not include the possession of a firearm or deadly weapon, the sentence includes a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 10 years in prison, and may include a fine of up to $10,000.

If the burglary involved carrying a deadly weapon, you could face between 2 and 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Call Our Reno Theft Crime Attorney Now – (775) 502-1575

If you have been charged with a theft crime in Nevada, our criminal defense lawyer can help you. With over 20 years of experience, our founding attorney, Kenneth Stover, has a track record of success and the knowledge to advocate for you. Our firm will explore all avenues of defense for your case, and strategize to achieve a beneficial outcome.

Don’t wait to contact our Reno theft crime lawyertoday at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover.

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