Generally, Burglaries are Thefts occurring inside a place where you’re not supposed to be. They mostly vary depending upon whether you’re inside a conveyance, like a car, or a structure, like a store, or a dwelling, which is a person’s home. You’ve committed a Burglary if, at the time of entering a structure or conveyance, you had the intent to commit a crime in that structure or conveyance. Possessing the burglary tools used to commit the Burglary might be a separate crime as well.
Burglaries range in maximum punishment from 5 years in prison up to life. Burglary Dwelling is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison while Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance and Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure are third degree felonies punishable by up to 5 years in prison. You also have to repay the dollar amount of property stolen.
Most of the time people enter homes and cars intending to steal. But that’s not always the case. You can commit a Burglary with the intent to hurt someone inside a dwelling. Burglary with an Assault or Battery is punishable by up to life in prison. Arming yourself during Burglaries increases the punishment to a first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison or life. Check out the page explaining penalties for Firearm Offenses by clicking here.
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