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What Are the Differences Between Robbery and Burglary in NC?

By Joel Hancock

You may have heard people talk about the crimes of robbery and burglary as if they are the same thing. However, it’s important to note that they are not. The penalties for both of these crimes depend upon the specific facts of each case and upon the criminal history of the defendant(s). Punishments could range from probation to lengthy prison sentences. So what are the differences between robbery and burglary in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, robbery is the theft of something from another person through the threat of violence. The penalties for this crime vary greatly depending upon whether or not the defendant used a weapon and whether the alleged victim suffered any injuries. Since the sentence for this crime can so greatly vary, some people prefer to accept a plea bargain for larceny instead of risking a serious penalty should they proceed to trial. 

Burglary, on the other hand, is when someone enters a home, business, or other building with the intent to commit a felony. For instance, even walking through a door that is open into a garage that is open can be considered to be a burglary if it can be proven that the defendant intended to commit a felony when passing through the building. It doesn’t require that your intention was carried out or that crime was completed. Sentences for burglary also vary greatly depending on various factors such as the type of building that was entered, whether it was entered at night, and whether it was occupied at the time. Another lesser offense that you may be able to have your charges reduced to is breaking and entering. 

While most people think of burglaries that occur in homes and businesses, burglaries can, in fact, occur in a multitude of other places, such as:

  •  Factories 
  • Churches or places of worship
  • Barns
  • Garages
  • Condominiums
  • Apartments
  • Public buildings
  • Schools
  • Ships
  • Warehouses
  • Railroad cars
  • Horse stables
  • Houseboats
  • Outbuildings

It is important to note that places that are used only for recreational purposes are not considered structures. This may include things such as:

  • Motorhomes
  • Tents
  • Tent trailers
  • House trailers
  • Telephone booths

The Attorneys at Hancock Law Firm, PLLC Help Those in North Carolina Who Have Been Charged with a Crime

It can be incredibly scary to be arrested, and even more frightening to learn that you are going to be prosecuted under the criminal justice system. Not only the outcome of the case, but the experience itself can have a major impact on your life. That is why it is in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. 

At Hancock Law Firm, PLLC, we fully understand what is at stake and will do everything that we can to help you to fight these charges and obtain the best possible outcome. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

About the Author
Joel Hancock is a native of Carteret County, NC. He devotes 100% of his practice to defending those accused of traffic infractions, DWI, misdemeanors, and felonies in Carteret County, NC.