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Burglary and robbery are extremely serious criminal felony offenses in Tennessee. A conviction will result in extensive punishments. Burglary occurs when a party illegally enters a property with the intent to commit a felony, which may include theft or assault. The burglar does not necessarily have to steal any property – intention alone is sufficient. Burglary may occur in a home, office, vehicle or other structure.

  • Burglary is either a Class D or Class E felony, punishable by 2 – 12 years prison, $5,000 maximum fine (Class D), or

       1 – 6 years prison, $3,000 maximum fine (Class E)

  • Aggravated burglary, or home invasion burglary, is a Class C felony, punishable by 3-15 years prison, $10,000 maximum fine

  • Especially aggravated burglary is a Class B felony – when the defendant causes serious bodily harm; punishable by 8-30 years prison, $25,000 maximum fine

If you were arrested for burglary or robbery, it is advisable to retain the legal services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Lonnie R. Hoover has more than 35 years of experience and has represented thousands of defendants facing criminal charges.


Robbery, defined in Tennessee Code, Sec. 39-13-401:

  • “Robbery is the intentional or knowing theft of property from the person of another by violence or putting the person in fear.”

  • Robbery is a Class C felony, punishable by 3 to 15 years prison and $10,000 maximum fine

  • Aggravated robbery is a Class B felony, punishable by 8 to 30 years prison and $25,000 maximum fine

  • Especially aggravated robbery is a Class A felony, punishable by 15-60 years in prison and $50,000 maximum fine

       Robbery differs from burglary in that the actor uses force or threat of force to steal another’s property. Aggravated robbery                 entails the use of a deadly weapon, or results in serious bodily injury. Especially aggravated robbery occurs when a deadly                   weapon is used and when the victim experiences serious bodily injury.

You Are Presumed Innocent

Whether you were arrested for burglary, robbery or any other serious felony, you are presumed to be innocent. The state has the burden of proving that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Attorney Lonnie R. Hoover has more than 35 years of experience representing defendants charged with serious felonies, including burglary, robbery, assault, theft, auto theft, drug charges, homicides and other offenses. As a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Hoover will conduct a careful review of the case against you and mount an aggressive, effective defense. He will seek the most favorable resolution to your case, which may include a not-guilty verdict, a dismissal, a reduction of charges, a satisfactory plea bargain or probation, to name a few possibilities. Every case is unique and of course no outcome can be guaranteed. Obtain a free case review by calling the Law Office of Attorney Lonnie R. Hoover.

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