Burglary, Robbery and Theft


In Florida, the crime of Burglary can be committed in one of two ways:

  1. Unlawfully entering a dwelling, structure, or conveyance with the intent to commit a crime inside; or
  2. Lawfully entering a dwelling, structure, or conveyance, but then remaining inside either:
    1. Surreptitiously, with the intent to commit a crime;
    2. After permission to remain has been withdrawn, with the intent to commit a crime inside; or
    3. With the intent to commit a forcible felony.

The penalties for the crime of Burglary depend on which type of Burglary one is charged with.  Burglary can occur in three ways: 1) Burglary of a Dwelling 2) Burglary of a Structure and 3) Burglary of a Conveyance.  The penalties for the crime of Burglary depend on which type of Burglary one is charged with.  Burglary can occur in three ways: 1)Burglary is a felony that may be punishable from five to fifteen years jail time.

The Stilianopoulos Law Office has handled Robbery and Burglary cases in the past.  We have had success in these cases and promise to do the best for our clients in achieving a satisfactory result in their cases.


The crime of Robbery in Florida, is defined as the intentional and unlawful taking of money or property from another person through the use of force, violence, assault, or threat.

Florida Criminalizes the following variations of Robbery: Robbery by Sudden Snatching, Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, Robbery with a Firearm, Home Invasion Robbery, and CarjackingThe crime of Robbery (aka Strong Arm Robbery) is a Second Degree Felony in the State of Florida. If convicted of Robbery, a defendant can face up to fifteen (15) years in prison.


In Florida theft occurs when a person commits knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to either temporarily or permanently deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property, or when a person appropriates the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property.

There are different degrees of theft in the State of Florida but they all have one thing in common, all the charges carry very serious consequences if convicted.

Grand Theft

Grand theft is determined upon the value of the property that is illegally taken.  Generally any property taken that valued over $300 may be considered grand theft in certain circumstances.  Grand theft is a felony and the punishment depends on the amount of the unlawful taken by the defendant.

Petit Theft

Petit theft is the illegal taking of any property that’s valued below $300.  This crime is classified as a misdemeanor in the State of Florida.  Often times most types of petit theft involve shoplifting or retail theft.  However, sometimes the retail theft can be of such a high amount to result in a Grand Theft charge.

The above allegations are very serious charges that constitute heavy punishments if found guilty.  These matter must be handled with due care.  If you need assistance dealing with these matters or related criminal issues, please contact our office today so that we can help protect your legal rights.