Protecting You From The Consequences Of Burglary And Robbery Charges
Did you know that a burglary or robbery charge can lead to as many as 20 years of jail time? Did you know that a conviction for either can also carry up to $25,000 in fines?
We aren’t telling you this to frighten you, but rather to stress the importance of having a strong team of attorneys on your side if you are charged with robbery or burglary. At Chan & Associates in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, we understand the harsh consequences you are facing, and our experienced lawyers will fight to protect your freedom and your future opportunities.
At our firm, we practice criminal defense with compassion — never judgment. We know you are in a difficult situation. We want to help.
Understanding The Difference Between Burglary And Robbery
It is a common misconception that burglary and robbery are interchangeable terms that essentially mean the same thing. In reality, however, they are very different crimes.
Robbery occurs when force is used to commit property theft. Everything from the use of a gun during the theft (armed robbery) to the use of physical force without a weapon would turn a theft crime into robbery.
Burglary, on the other hand does not necessarily involve a theft. Instead, it involves the unlawful entry of a home, business or other structure with intention of committing a crime. If it can be shown that you were intending to steal something or commit another type of crime while inside the structure, you may still be charged with burglary.
Although there are clear differences between robbery and burglary charges, there is at least one similarity: both are felonies.
How We Can Help
At Chan & Associates, we have more than 20 years of combined experience protecting the rights of individuals throughout South Central Pennsylvania who have been accused of a crime. We understand where to look for holes in the case against you, and we know how to construct strong defenses to challenge the charges. We will strive to minimize the impact of the charges on your life.