Is burglary the same thing as theft under Arizona law?

Although burglary may involve theft, the two terms are not actually interchangeable in the courtroom in Arizona. While theft involves the actual taking of property, burglary refers specifically to entering a residential or commercial property with the intent to commit theft or another felony.

In a nutshell, burglary is what you might think of when someone says "breaking and entering." It refers specifically to actual buildings, such as houses or commercial properties. Breaking into a passenger car, for example, would probably not be classified as burglary. Breaking into a department store after hours probably would be classified as burglary.

Burglary and theft can both be serious offenses and may result in serious felony charges in Arizona depending on the specific circumstances. If you or a loved one has been arrested for burglary in Tempe, don't wait to contact an experienced Tempe criminal lawyer today at 1-888-929-5292. We would be happy to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you protect your rights under Arizona law. Also, we encourage you to read our helpful book, Arizona Criminal Law - What You Must Know, which will explain more about what happens next and what you need to do to get the best possible outcome in your case.