Albuquerque Robbery, Burglary, and Theft Defense Lawyers
The “theft” offenses of New Mexico law involve robbery, burglary, and theft itself, as well as smaller forms of “larceny.” Each offense comes with its own set of facts, despite the near constant desire to refer to robbery and burglary as the same offense. Robbery and burglary are in fact quite different offenses and each carry unique charges. It is important you contact an experienced and successful burglary, theft, and robbery defense attorney in Albuquerque, NM if you or a loved one have been accused of any type of theft crime.
Robbery vs. Burglary in New Mexico
Under New Mexico law, burglary is defined as the “unauthorized entry of any vehicle, dwelling…..or other structure….with the intent to commit any felony or theft therein.” Robbery, on the other hand, is defined as “the theft of anything of value from the person of another or from the immediate control of another, by use or threatened use of force or violence.”
In simple terms, burglary involves the breaking into your property while robbery involves theft of your person using force. Robbery is considered a violent crime against another person because it involves the use of force.
Burglary and robbery both carry felony charges, up to a first degree felony charge. Therefore, robbery and burglary can result in up to life in prison depending on the severity of the charge and whether anyone was injured during the crime itself.
Theft Offenses in New Mexico
New Mexico law defines theft crimes as “larceny,” which literally means the “stealing of anything of value that belongs to another.” Therefore, theft can range in form of offense to include property, services, or money that have been taken. Offenses under the umbrella of “theft crimes” include:
- The receipt of stolen property
- Identity theft
- Falsely obtaining services or accommodations
- Theft of credit card
- Criminal Mischief
Theft offenses can occur in a wide variety of situations and involve a number of fact patterns. While they typically occur in commercial businesses, they can also be used in a residence and can be tacked on to additional offenses such as burglary and robbery.
Theft Punishment Ranges
Since the range of theft crimes is so large, New Mexico law breaks up theft punishments based on the value of the property stolen. Certain items are classified based on the type of property stolen.
|Value of Property||Charge||Punishment|
|$250 or less||Petty Misdemeanor||Up to 6 months in jail and up to $500 fine|
|$250-$500||Misdemeanor||Up to one year in jail and up to $1,000 fine|
|$500-$2,500||Fourth degree felony||Up to 18 months in prison and up to $5,000 fine|
|$2,500 – $20,000||Third degree felony||Up to 3 years in prison and up to $5,000 fine|
|$20,000 or more||Second degree felony||Up to 9 years in prison and up to $10,000 fine|
Additionally, victims of theft crimes can pursue civil charges against any a person on any theft charges to help reimburse the loss of their stolen items.
Albuquerque Burglary, Theft, Robbery Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with robbery, burglary, or any theft crime, it is important to contact an experienced theft attorney as soon as you are able. Theft crimes can be difficult to sort out on your own and involve a number of different fact patterns and scenarios. Multiple offenses may even be charged together if they are all part of the overall same criminal act. It is therefore important to contact our law offices today and speak with one of our experienced Albuquerque criminal defense attorneys to discuss the best strategy to tackle your case. Call 505-200-2982 today!