Difference Between Theft And Robbery

Posted by in Criminal Law on Jan 3, 2017

While theft and robbery are used interchangeably, there are various differences between the two terms. They are similar because theft and robbery both involves the taking of someone’s personal property. White Plains criminal defense lawyers of the Law Offices of Richard A Portale, P.C. will tell you that the two acts can harm your reputation and may impact your personal as well as professional life. Let us now discuss the difference between theft and robbery.

Theft is an act of taking another person’s property without their knowledge with the aim of permanently depriving that person of the property. Theft is often interchanged with larceny, depending on the state. It is usually prosecuted by the state. When the economy of a state is at stake, the Federal government may handle the case. Theft can either be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the monetary value of the property that was taken.

Aside from that, theft may not involve the presence of a victim. Also, it does not involve the use of a deadly weapon. Theft also includes embezzlement and fraud. The former refers to an employee diverting money from the company for his personal use. The latter is theft that uses tricks to permanently remove someone else’s property.

Robbery, on the other hand, is an act of taking someone else’s property through the use of threat, force, or intimidation. A “holdup” and “stickup” are some common forms of robbery. It always involves the presence of a victim. Robbery is a felony crime and the degree is determined by state laws. In a robbery case, the facts will be examined such as the presence of an accomplice, use of weapons, or the amount of violence used.

There are two types of robbery namely aggravated robbery and Class E felonies. With the first type, a deadly weapon was used. Class E felonies, on the other hand, refers to physical assaults or threats to use force without a weapon.

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