How is Robbery Different from Theft?
Question: How is Robbery Different from Theft?
Fundamentally or essentially speaking, we distinguish theft from robbery because of the use of force. If there’s a stealing that involves the use of force, that is going to be prosecuted as robbery, whereas simple or ordinary stealing will be more prosecuted as a theft. Also, theft are usually, at least at the felony level, start off with third-degree theft prosecutions. Whereas robbery start at a more severe or more serious level, that’s second degree. They are fundamentally different. One implies force and the other thing is that the other can start at a lower grade felony than robbery.