Theft encompasses a variety of crimes with varying levels of severity in its punishment. The severity depends on the type of theft crime and the value of the property stolen. However, it is always important to talk to a skilled criminal defense lawyer if you are accused of theft. Even a misdemeanor could lead to large fines and up to five years in prison.
Robbery is a serious type of theft that involves physical force or the threat of physical force. It is considered a felony and could result in a 15- to 20-year prison sentence. There are many defense strategies that can be used though, either to reduce the charges or possibly dismiss the case altogether.