For many, the challenging part with facing criminal charges, are all of the confusing terms that seem to be used interchangeably. The charges theft, robbery, and burglary are perfect examples of this. If you have been charged with any of these, work with an experienced attorney who will be able to fight for your case. At Donahue Law Firm, our team consists of compassionate and knowledgeable lawyers who can help guide you through this process.
Theft is the taking of property. Depending on the amount of property, goods, or money that was stolen, theft can be classified as theft in the third, second, or first degree.
- Third Degree: Also known as petty theft and considered a Class C misdemeanor, this is when property is valued at less than $100.
- Second Degree: A Class A misdemeanor, this is when property is valued at more than $100, but less than $1,000. Penalties can include one year in jail and a fine up to $6,250.
- First Degree: A Class C felony, this is when property is valued at more than $1,000. Penalties can include up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $125,000.
Robbery is the taking of property using force or fear and involves interaction with another person. In Oregon, robbery is broken down into third, second, and first degrees.
- Third Degree: A Class C felony, robbery in the third degree is committed when a person threatens to use force on another when attempting to commit theft.
- Second Degree: A Class B felony, robbery in the second degree is committed when a person is armed with a potentially dangerous weapon or is aided by another person.
- First Degree: A Class A felony, robbery in the first degree is committed when a person is armed, uses a dangerous weapon, or threatens to use force or to cause injury to another person.
Burglary is illegally breaking and entering a building with the intent of committing a crime and the person is either armed, threatens to cause injury to another person, or threatens to use a weapon. Burglary in the first degree is considered a Class A felony and burglary in the second degree is considered a Class C felony.
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