Robbery & Theft


In Louisiana, a robbery is the taking of anything of value belonging to another from the person of another or that is in the immediate control of another, by use of force or intimidation.  All robbery charges are felony offenses, no matter if the police and prosecutors claim the robbery was committed with or without a weapon.  A weapon can be anything from from a butter knife, a baseball bat, or a gun.

Armed robbery carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison (or 15 years if the state proves a gun was used in the robbery) and a maximum of 99 years. If police and prosecutors alleged multiple people committed a robbery, they all can be charged with the offense under the principal doctrine. No matter how heavily or insignificant the accused’s role, the accused can receive the same, greater or lesser sentence than a co-defendant, if convicted after trial.


In Louisiana, simple burglary is the unauthorized entering of any dwelling, vehicle, watercraft, or other structure, movable or immovable, or any cemetery, with the intent to commit a felony or any theft therein.  Often, charges such as: criminal damage to property, criminal mischief, looting, home invasion, and criminal trespass are related to burglary charges.

Theft or Misappropriation

In Louisiana, theft is the misappropriation or taking of anything of value which belongs to another, either without the consent of the other to the misappropriation or taking, or by means of fraudulent conduct, practices, or representations. An intent to deprive the other permanently of whatever may be the subject of the misappropriation or taking is essential.

Essentially, police and prosecutors pursue theft charges when they believe something of value was taken from someone without the use of force or violence.  There can be many ways a person can be accused of theft or misappropriation.  Some of those crimes include fraud, medicaid fraud, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unauthorized ordering of goods, unauthorized use of an access card, illegal possession of stolen things, and more.

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