What Is the Difference Between Theft and Robbery?

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The major difference between a theft charge and a robbery charge is that a theft or larceny is when something of value is taken without permission from a property, and a robbery is when an item of value is taken from a person, usually by force or intimidation. 

Elements of Theft

  • Taking property or services without permission or taking their identity 
  • Removing the property or money by carrying or  transporting
  • Intending to keep the property

Common Types of Theft in Delaware, Ohio

  • Petty Theft – theft of something valued less than $1000
    • Misdemeanor charge that can result in 180 days in jail and a $1000 fine plus reparations
  • Grand Theft – theft of property valued more than $5000
    • Felony charge that can result in up to 18 months in prison and a $5000 fine plus reparations
  • Aggravated Theft – theft of property valued over $100,000 or using force or intimidation 
    • Felony charge that can result in 2-8 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines plus reparations
  • Robbery – theft of property, services, or identity through intimidation or physical 
    • Felony charge that carries stiffer penalties because of the harm or attempted harm to another individual 
    • If a weapon is involved, the consequences of conviction are much greater and can readily result in 10-30 years in prison

Whether you are facing a misdemeanor shoplifting charge or a felony aggravated theft of property using a weapon, it is imperative that you contact a criminal defense attorney as early as possible to develop the right defensive strategy. 

What Are Some Defenses for a Theft or Robbery Charge in Delaware, OH?

It may be difficult for you alone to convince law enforcement of your innocence, but a criminal defense attorney may be able to show any of the following occurred to actively defend your rights:

  • You had permission to remove the property.
  • You were the victim of a false accusation or misidentification
  • You had no intent to keep the property.
  • You were the victim of an illegal search and seizure
  • Lack of evidence on the prosecutor’s behalf.

Getting the right attorney involved early on in the process can make a big difference in the potential consequences and could help get charges dismissed or sentences reduced if convicted. 

For more information on the difference between a theft and a robbery in Ohio or to get help in developing an aggressive criminal defense strategy, you must consult with an experienced defense attorney and have them on your side from the start.

Written by The Law Office of Brian Jones, LLC

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