Many people often consider robbery and burglary to be the same thing. However, though they both generally involve an act of theft, robbery and burglary also have some key differences that clearly distinguish the two. Committing an act of burglary means that an individual broke into and entered another person’s property with the intent to commit a crime, generally involving taking property without the property owner’s knowledge or permission. On the other hand, robbery involves an interaction with the property owner, wherein the person who commits the act of robbery either intimidates, coerces, or forces an individual to hand over his or her property. In many cases, robbery involves the use of a weapon, such as a firearm. If you are facing burglary or robbery charges in Maryland, you must read on and reach out to our Maryland criminal defense attorney today to learn more about these charges and the consequences you may face upon conviction. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the consequences of burglary in Maryland?
The penalties for burglary charges in the state of Maryland, depending on the nature of the crime, are as follows:
- First-degree burglary: This is a felony, generally warranting up to 20 years of incarceration, or up to 25 years of incarceration for the intent to commit a violent crime during the burglary.
- Second-degree burglary: This is a felony, generally warranting up to 15 years of incarceration for the intent to commit a crime of theft, violence, or arson. If you are charged with the intent to steal a firearm, you may face a 20-year jail sentence and a $10,000 fine.
- Third-degree burglary: A felony charge that warrants up 10 years in jail.
- Fourth-degree burglary: This is a misdemeanor charge, however, if convicted, you may spend up to 3 years in jail.
- Burglary with a destructive device: A felony charge that may warrant up to 20 years in prison.
- Breaking into a research facility: A felony charge that may warrant up to 5 years of incarceration and a potential $5,000 fine.
What happens if I am charged with robbery in Maryland?
When someone faces a simple robbery charge, it is a felony that carries up to 15 years of incarceration. However, if you are charged with armed robbery, you will most likely face upgraded charges, meaning you will face a felony that warrants up to 20 years of incarceration. Both the actual use of a weapon, as well as the threat of using a weapon can constitute armed robbery charges. In addition, you will often have a separate charge for the weapon itself. If you have any further questions or you are facing burglary/robbery charges, give us a call today.
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