What Constitutes a Robbery Charge in North Carolina?

Robbery charges in North Carolina are treated as violent offenses, much more seriously so than simple theft or larceny cases. Robbery, often called Common Law Robbery in North Carolina, is when there is a “Taking of the property of another with the intent to permanently deprive that person of it with the use of force or the fear of force.” Generally, this charge is a Class G felony, however, if a firearm is used then the charge will be elevated to Armed Robbery versus Common Law Robbery and it is a Class D felony.

Given that robbery is a form of theft, it begs the question: what is the difference between robbery and other theft related crimes, such as larceny and burglary?

Larceny is stealing in it’s simplest form. Shoplifting, stealing something from a person’s room, changing a price tag, removing an anti theft device are all forms of larceny. Depending on the value of the items stolen and how the theft occurred, the larceny can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.

Burglary involves the element of breaking and entering (B&E) into some sort of dwelling combined with an act of theft.

Robbery is larceny plus the added element of force or intimidation. So, if someone is held at gunpoint or knife point or is threatened as part of the theft, then it is considered a robbery.

Larceny generally falls lower on the scale of crimes than do burglary and robbery. If you’ve been charged with any of these crimes, you should contact an aggressive Raleigh criminal lawyer to defense your rights.