Many people are under the common misconception that burglary is when a person breaks into a location and proceeds to steal property. However, only the first part is true. In order to be charged with a burglary offense, all you have to do is unlawfully enter a location. There are a number of degrees for which a burglary charge can be authorized. In addition, it is also important to note that trespassing and burglary are not the same.
Burglary in the third degree is the act of unlawfully entering a building with the intention to commit a crime in that building. If convicted of this crime, you are facing a Class D felony, which may result in up to 7 years of imprisonment. Burglary in the second degree is the act of unlawfully entering a building with criminal intentions but you also must either be armed with a deadly weapon, threatening with a dangerous object, or cause physical injury to someone in the building. This crime is a class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Burglary in the first degree also encompasses unlawful entrance with criminal intention but also being armed with a deadly weapon/explosives, cause physical injury, uses threat, or display a weapon that is readily capable of causing serious injury. A first-degree burglary offense is a Class B felony that can result in a maximum sentence of 25 years.
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