Theft is also known as larceny. Both theft and robbery occur when someone takes money or property without permission. However, both have their own characteristics and the offenses are not similar. Theft can cover a wide variety of criminal offenses. For example, shoplifting, carries the property away, stealing a motorcycle, intends to keep the property permanently, etc. Whereas in robbery involves force or the threat of force. Robbery also covers a wide variety of criminal offenses like the intent to keep the property permanently, without the property owner’s consent, by the use of force or intimidation, etc.
In theft victim need not be present. But in robbery ,victim must be present. Theft can be committed even by taking unattended property. For example,Taking cash left on a shops table and stealing a parked vehicle. Unlike theft, robbery involves taking property directly from a person. For example, suppose three men armed with guns enter an office, demand money from counter, and flee with the cash. Because they had intent to steal, used the threat of force, and took money directly from a person, those people have committed robbery.
Other types of theft involves with taking property, the stealing of services. For instance, depending on the relevant law, theft can occur where someone doesn’t pay for but uses cable, cellphone, electricity services, hotel orrestaurant accommodations, public transportation. In many states as well as the federal government have passed laws for criminalizing identity theft. Other types of theft are fraud and embezzlement.
In many cases, whether someone is charged with misdemeanor or felony theft depends on the price of the stolen property. Theft and robbery convictions carry a wide range of potential punishments, which vary by state. To learn more about the laws and penalties in your area, consult an criminal defense attorney.
Robbery is more serious crime than theft because it involves force. In most cases, robbery is a felony, and a conviction can result in significant prison time, especially if a weapon was involved. In most cases, robbery is a felony, which can result in significant prison time, especially if a weapon was involved.For example, Georgia’s robbery statute provides that the robbery is punishable by up to twenty years in prison. The elements of crimes and their punishments can vary from state to state. For more details on the differences between theft and robbery, or to learn about the laws in your area, it is always better to consult an experienced lawyer.
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