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Robbery and Burglary Attorney in Nassau County


Panzavecchia & Associates, PLLC has extensive knowledge and experience with robbery and burglary civil court cases. What many people may not know is that robbery and burglary are actually very different crimes, and are not interchangeable. Theft is also a part of these crimes.




Theft is simple enough to understand, and is actually one of the most commonly committed crimes in the United States. The definition of a theft is the act of taking another person’s property with the intent to permanently deprive them of the property itself. Theft typically involves tangible goods, like money or objects. These goods must also be movable or transportable.


Theft can still be identifiable if a person takes property with permission from someone else, IF the thief used deceitful practices to take the object. As an example - if someone asks to borrow something of yours and you allow it, it is not theft. However, if someone asks to borrow something of yours and you allow it, but they have the intention of not returning it, then it is theft. Thieves do not have to intend to keep the object before or as it is borrowed, but if it is never returned then theft is qualified.




Robbery is very similar to theft, but the caveat is that a robbery includes forceful taking from a person, either with actual force or with threat of force. Robbery includes theft of property that another person is holding, or property that is within the other person’s control. Controlled property can include items in a safe at a bank.

Violence is a big aspect of robbery. The victim doesn’t necessarily have to retain any personal injuries, but the use of force to achieve the theft is what is the difference. Forcing someone to relinquish property to another person is counted as robbery instead of theft.




Burglary is often confused with robbery. The two terms are not interchangeable. Many people think that burglary involves some sort of theft. Burglary usually does involve theft, but it does not have to have an element of theft to be considered burglary. Burglary occurs when someone unlawfully enters another’s dwelling with the intent to commit a crime (usually theft).The intent of the crime does not have to be theft or robbery.

Burglary laws used to target just homes, but have expanded to include any structure or dwelling with the intent to commit a crime. Contrary to common belief, one does not have to actually “break” anything for burglary to be charged. A public building where a revolving door is used can be assessed as “breaking.” You can also be charged with burglary even if you don’t completely enter the structure or dwelling. 


If you have been wronged with theft, robbery or burglary, call a Nassau County Criminal Defense Attorney at Panzavecchia & Associates at 8880-LAW-2204 (800-529-2204)

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Mark Panzavecchia serves as legal counsel for the New York Latino Police Officers Association

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