Burglary is defined as theft from a building or other premises and is related to theft or other crimes. Burglary involves breaking into a building with the intent to commit theft or a felony. Burglary does not include lawful break-ins of property. Lawful break-ins include such scenarios as an emergency in which fire fighters must break into the property in order to extinguish the fire.

There are other applicable situations that invalidate potential burglary charges as well, such as in the event of a storm or other emergency. If a person seeks shelter in a neighbor’s storm cellar during a tornado, this is not burglary. Burglary presumes that the entry into the residence or other building is in direct opposition to the wishes of the property owner.

If you have been accused of either of these crimes or know someone that has been accused, contact the Clearwater burglary lawyers of the Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, PLLC. Their experienced defense team, with over 30 years of combined experience, will ensure you the best possible defense.


Robbery is the crime of seizing property through violence or intimidation. The property that is taken is taken with the intent to deprive the original owner of that property permanently by means of force or fear. In common speech, burglary and robbery are commonly confused.

A big issue in determining if something is robbery is the amount of force that is applied and when that force is applied. The amount of force is what differentiates robbery from larceny, embezzlement, and other types of thievery.

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