When someone enters into a building with the intent to commit a crime this is a separate and distinct offense called a burglary. Burglary to a building or a car is punishable by up to five years.
If the person enters into someones home to commit a crime, this offense is also burglary, but it referred to as burglary of a dwelling which is punishable by up to fifteen years.
If a person commits a burglary and hits someone or injures them, the crime is a burglary with an assault.
If a person is armed while committing a burglary, the crime is an armed burglary.
The judge can sentence someone convicted of burglary with an assault or armed burglary to any term of years that does not exceed life. You also can not bond out of jail if you are charged with one of these offenses.
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Reaching into a car window to strike someone can be deemed a burglary with an assault. This offense is also non-bondable. Without a good attorney, you may sit in jail until your case is resolved.
If you enter into a dwelling and fail to leave when asked to do so, you can be charged with burglary if something else you do inside constitutes a crime.
If you cross over a boundary that is not for the public you can be charged with burglary. For example, if you went behind a counter in a store and the clerk thought that you were stealing, you could be charged with burglary, even if you didn’t break in.
The State does not need physical evidence, like your fingerprints or DNA to charge you with burglary.
You don’t have to actually steal anything to be charged with burglary. Some people have been charged with burglary for running into a house to avoid the police, or for entering into a house to use drugs.
Have you been accused of a burglary offense?
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