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Dedicated Defense Against California Robbery And Burglary Charges

The crimes of robbery and burglary both involve the wrongful taking of property, but they are completely different offenses under California law. Robbery is considered a violent crime that may call for more severe penalties compared to first- or second-degree burglary. Regardless of what charge you may face, it is important that you have an experienced criminal defense lawyer beside you at all times.

At the Law Office of Thomas A. Johnson, we offer our clients decades of experience in the successful resolution of complex robbery and burglary cases. We have successfully represented clients in misdemeanor and felony cases, and work tirelessly to secure a positive result for every client we serve.

Understanding The Differences Between Robbery And Burglary In California


California law defines robbery as the taking of property by force or fear. It does not matter whether the force was physical or verbal. The issue is whether the alleged victim was made to surrender property against his or her will. We have experience defending clients against all types of robbery charges, including armed robbery, strong-arm robbery and robbery resulting in serious bodily harm.


Burglary does not involve the forceful taking of property from another person. Most first-degree burglary cases involve the taking of property from a residence while the owners of the residence are not at home. If the residence is occupied at the time of the theft, it could result in a robbery charge.

Second-degree burglary typically involves the theft of property from a business. Shoplifting is the most common type of second-degree burglary.

Building A Strong Defense Against Robbery And Burglary Charges

The concept of intent is a large part of robbery and burglary cases. In order for the prosecution to prove that a robbery or burglary has taken place, it must prove that you intended to deprive the rightful owner of his or her property. If intent to deprive cannot be shown, there is little chance you will be found guilty. We will do everything in our power to find any flaws in the prosecution’s case and work tirelessly to avoid a conviction.

Talk To An Attorney About Your Criminal Defense Needs

We invite you to contact our Sacramento office to discuss your case with one of our defense lawyers. To schedule your initial consultation, you can reach us locally at 916-248-8598 or toll free at 866-974-4316, or via email.