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What is the Difference Between a Burglary and Robbery?

The idea of being convicted of a burglary or robbery charge can frighten anyone. The crimes are serious accusations that can result in hefty consequences. While both crimes shouldn’t be taken lightly, there are also key differences between the two charges.

Are you facing a burglary or robbery charge? Contact the experienced Hollywood, Florida criminal defense attorneys at Magilligan Law right away.


In part, Florida law defines burglary as, “Entering a dwelling, a structure, or a conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein, unless the premises are at the time open to the public or the defendant is licensed or invited to enter; or notwithstanding a licensed or invited entry, remaining in a dwelling, structure, or conveyance.”

The statute reinforces that for a crime to be considered a burglary, it must involve someone going onto another person’s property without permission. In Florida, burglary is considered a felony crime.


When it comes to a robbery charge, Florida law defines this as, in part, “The taking of money or other property which may be the subject of larceny from the person or custody of another, with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person or the owner of the money or other property, when in the course of the taking there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear.”

The key difference between an act being a burglary versus a robbery is that the use of force is involved in a robbery. Florida law states that like burglary, robbery is also considered a felony crime.

Depending on the severity of the felony, an individual who is convicted of burglary or robbery could face decades in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

Let Magilligan Law Fight Your Burglary or Robbery Charge

Just because someone is charged with a burglary or robbery does not mean they will be convicted of the crime. When working with a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense team, like the attorneys at Magilligan Law, we will work our hardest to get you the best possible outcome for your situation.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and let us help you get back to living your life.