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Though many of us use the terms “robbery” and “burglary” colloquially to mean the same thing, the truth is, they are vastly different charges that entail vastly different penalties. Please continue reading and reach out to our knowledgeable Maryland criminal defense attorney to learn more about the difference between robbery and burglary and how our firm can fight your charges.

What is the difference between robbery and burglary?

The key difference between robbery and burglary is that robbery involves taking something from another by the use of force or coercion, while burglary deals with breaking and entering a property, usually with the intent to commit a crime. In most cases, burglary also involves theft. Though robbery charges are often more serious, burglary charges can still warrant high fines and years of incarceration, which is why no matter which charges you are facing, you need an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney on your side:

What are the consequences of a robbery conviction in Maryland?

If you are convicted of a simple robbery charge, that is a felony that carries up to 15 years of incarceration. You should understand, however, that if you used a weapon (or threatened to use a weapon) while committing a robbery, you will face up to 20 years of incarceration.

What happens if I am convicted of burglary in Maryland?

Depending on the nature of your crime, you will face a wide array of consequences. The penalties for burglary charges in Maryland break down as follows:

  • First-degree burglary: A felony that may entail up to 20 years of incarceration.
  • Second-degree burglary: A felony that entails up to 15 years of incarceration.
  • Third-degree burglary: A felony that entails up to 10 years of incarceration.
  • Burglary with a destructive device: A felony that entails up to 20 years of incarceration.
  • Fourth-degree burglary: A misdemeanor that may entail up to 3 years of incarceration.

The bottom line is that anyone facing robbery or burglary charges in Maryland must not go unrepresented. The most important thing you can do is retain the services of a knowledgeable Maryland criminal defense lawyer who can fight for your rights. Debra Saltz is on your side and ready to help–all you need to do is ask.

Contact our experienced Maryland firm

The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland who need legal assistance for criminal defense or personal injury matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.

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