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Orlando Robbery & Burglary Defense Attorney

Whitney S. Boan Protecting Your Right

In the case of robbery or burglary, most of the time it is fairly cut and dry. When convicted, you’re either in the act of doing so, or you were falsely accused; there’s not really any other possible course against you. While there are many ways for the police to pin a crime on you, there may still be substantial evidence to prove that you did not commit the act. If you’re facing charges but believe that you were not guilty for it, then it’s time for you to speak with an experienced attorney who can aid in your defense. Whitney S. Boan is just that lawyer, as she has years of time defending those who faced similar situations as yourself. Why would you not want someone who understands your particular case fighting for you?

Although an attorney certainly helps, you still need to have basic knowledge of the crime you’re being accused of. The important thing to know is the difference between both robbery and burglary and whether or not you have a leg to stand on in court.

At Whitney S. Boan, P.A. in Orlando, FL, your needs take a priority. Your case is serious to us, and as a result we are here for you when you need us. All you need to do is call: (407) 413-9569

What is the Difference Between Robbery and Burglary?

For many, the terms robbery and burglary run synonymously with one another, but there is a small technicality in the vocabulary of the words that makes them different from each other. Robbery, by definition is trying to take or steal something when using intimidation or a threat. Essentially, when committing the act you and the victim must be within range of one another. By this, burglary means that you performed a theft without the victim there. Traditionally this accompanies breaking and entering or trespassing charges, because you’ve entered into a home or establishment with the intent to commit a crime. This does not extend to vehicles, as that is considered larceny.

What are the Charges for Each Crime?

When discussing these crimes, there are different levels of punishment depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. If you’ve been charged for First or Second Degree, or Home Invasion, then you need to know the differences therein.

First Degree Robbery:

Were you found carrying a deadly weapon at the time of your arrest? If this is the case, you are facing the most severe of charges for this crime, and therefore the punishments are also significant. Threatening the victim with this weapon further increases your penalty, so if you are facing first degree charges, then it’s in your best interest to seek representation immediately in order to prevent years in jail.

Second Degree Robbery:

This is the most common level, as any incident that doesn’t involve a weapon is placed in this category. Regardless of which you are facing, it’s still important to have an experienced attorney on your side who can fight for you.

Home Invasion Robbery:

The last unique category is home invasion, where you enter the home of an individual and they are present at the time of your theft. Should you also be found carrying a deadly weapon, the charges grow exponentially, and you could be looking at up to thirty years in jail. Robbery committed without a deadly weapon carries a ten year sentence, so it’s still a very severe punishment.

First Degree Burglary:

In order to qualify for this charge, you must have been found armed with a weapon during the act, you may have committed assault or battery against a victim inside, or you caused damage to the home or establishment in excess of $1,000. If you were found doing any of these three things, it’s likely that you will face first degree charges, which will vary depending on the case, but never exceed thirty years in prison.

Second Degree Burglary:

Entering a home or business where no person was present at the time of the incident qualifies as second degree. In these cases you are apprehended some time after, and the burden of proof is on evidence left behind at the scene. This is perhaps the most easily fought in a court of law, so we can assist you in this.

Third Degree Burglary:

If you’re caught possessing tools that are traditionally used for burglary, then you qualify for this level. There doesn’t have to be an instance of a crime, you merely show intent by owning the tools. This too can be fought aggressively, so don’t hesitate to call us.

If you define which type of crime you’ve been accused of, you can start planning your defense. Once you have some basic information together, give Whitney S. Boan’s law office a call and she will help take things from there. You will feel confident with your future in her hands. She has helped hundreds of people just like you. Don’t put this off – call now and protect your future.