Burglary and Robbery Laws in New York: Articles 140 & 160 of the New York Penal Law

Saland Law PC, a New York criminal defense firm founded by two former Manhattan prosecutors, is pleased to announce the completion of the Burglary (NY Penal Law 140.20, 140.25 and 140.30) and Robbery (New York Penal Law 160.05, 160.10 and 160.15) information pages. Although no substitute for an in depth legal and factual discussion with your New York criminal defense attorney, the Burglary and Robbery pages contain significant information to begin your education into these crimes.

Burglary and Robbery are the two crimes that people often confuse. Generally, Burglary involves the unlawful entering of a building with the intent to commit a crime. Usually, this crime is a theft. Robbery, on the other hand, is a forcible stealing from an individual. Each of these crimes have numerous “escalation factors” including whether there was more than one person involved in the crime, whether there were any weapons involved and whether a non participant was injured.

Robbery in the Third Degree (NY Penal Law 160.05) and Burglary in the Third Degree (NY Penal Law 140.20) are both “D” felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison, but carry no minimum term of incarceration for a first time offender. Robbery in the Second Degree (NY Penal Law 160.10) and Burglary in the Second Degree (NY Penal Law 140.25) are “C” violent crimes. These two offense carry a mandatory minimum of three and one have years in prison with a maximum term of fifteen years. Lastly, Robbery in the First Degree (NY Penal Law 160.15) and Burglary in the First Degree (NY Penal Law 140.30) are both “B” violent felonies that carry a five year mandatory minimum term of incarceration and a twenty five year maximum.

For further information on the New York laws, crimes and arrests involving Robbery and Burglary, please follow the highlighted links. Additional information on these and other crimes, including penal law statutes, legal decisions and cases in the news, are added regularly to the New York Criminal Lawyer Blog.

Founded by two New York criminal defense lawyers who previously served as Manhattan prosecutors, Saland Law PC represents clients throughout the New York City region.

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