Assault, Robbery & Burglary Charges in Philadelphia

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Assault, robbery, burglary and theft are all crimes that may have a very serious impact on a person's life. All four of these crimes have different levels of charges and different levels of consequences. That is why it is so important to have an experienced Philadelphia criminal defense attorney on your side.

If you are facing assault, robbery, burglary or theft charges in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, make sure your constitutional rights are protected. Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C., is a family run law firm with a history stretching back over 30 years. Please contact a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer or call our office at 866-415-6588 for a free initial consultation.


Assault charges generally fall into one of two categories:

  • Simple assault is a misdemeanor that is charged when you either intended to or actually inflicted bodily harm on another person.
  • Aggravated assault is a felony with different degrees. It is charged when there is serious bodily injury or when an assault is committed with a gun or other weapon. You may also be charged with aggravated assault as a felony of the second degree when it is alleged that you inflicted bodily injury or intended to inflict bodily injury against a member of a protected class, such as a police officer or teacher.

No matter what type of assault charge you have been arrested for, it is important to have legal representation on your side to ensure that your rights are protected.


Robbery is a felony with three degrees.

  • First degree robbery: This occurs when a person, while in the course of committing a theft, inflicts serious bodily injury upon another, puts them in fear of serious bodily injury, or commits or threatens to immediately commit any other felony of the first or second degree. First degree robbery often occurs when a gun or other deadly weapon is involved.
  • Second degree robbery: This is charged when bodily injury is inflicted or when the victim is placed in fear of immediate bodily injury.
  • Third degree robbery: When any type of force is used, no matter how slight, third degree robbery is charged.

Because all robbery charges are felonies, it is very important to have diligent legal representation on your side.


Burglary occurs when a person enters a building and intends to commit a crime inside the building. Like robbery, burglary is a felony that is categorized by degrees.

  • First degree burglary: This is charged when a person enters a home, or a person is inside the building at the time of the burglary.
  • Second degree burglary: This is charged when a person enters a business and no one is present at the time.

Burglary is a serious charge which requires a serious lawyer to build a serious defense. Our experienced attorneys can provide the strong representation you need to ensure that your rights are protected. We also handle defense of all types of theft charges.


Theft offenses include the following:

  • Theft by Unlawful Taking
  • Theft by Deception
  • Theft by Receiving Stolen Property
  • Retail Theft
  • Theft from a Motor Vehicle

There are specific circumstances that must be present in order for a particular theft offense to be applicable. Some theft offenses are misdemeanors, while others are felonies. A few of the factors that determine whether there is a felony theft or a misdemeanor theft are the amount of money or the value of property that is stolen, the kind of property that is stolen, and, for theft from a motor vehicle, how many prior theft from a motor vehicle convictions the person has on his/her criminal record.

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Discuss your charges and the circumstances behind them with an experienced defense attorney. Learn why it is important to have a knowledgeable advocate on your side before you speak further to police or prosecutors on your own. Contact a Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney or call us at 866-415-6588 for a free initial consultation.