Dallas Robbery / Burglary Attorney
Simply put, Robbery is a theft crime in which its seriousness derives from the actor intentionally threatening to or harming someone in the course of committing the offense. At the very least it is a second degree felony and under certain conditions it can be upgraded to a felony of the first degree. On occasion there is the unfortunate result wherein a shoplifter takes an item of minimal value and in the course of fleeing, turns around and pushes, punches, trips or otherwise injures his/her pursuer, thus resulting in a theft involving intentional bodily injury.
Burglary, on the other hand is usually a crime against property. However, there is a significant difference in the severity of the crime if the building is one other than a habitation, (i.e. office building, warehouse), or a habitation (home). Burglary of a building is a state sail felony, whereas burglary of a habitation is a second degree felony. In addition, under certain circumstances, burglary can be filed as a first degree felony.