Charges associated with burglary include breaking and entering, criminal trespass, and possession of burglary tools. Like many other theft charges, burglary can be classified different ways and is associated with incarceration. A burglary charge can threaten your life, so it is necessary to contact an experienced criminal attorney, Mark Yampaglia as soon as you have been accused of burglary. He can evaluate the seriousness of your situation and develop a strategy to defend you.

What is a Burglary?

Every state defines burglary differently. In general, burglary is described as unlawfully remaining or entering a building with the intention to commit a crime. Although similar, criminal trespass and theft shouldn’t be confused. Criminal trespass is a less severe charge than burglary and doesn’t require a crime to be committed. For a prosecutor to win a burglary case, they must be able to prove that the defendant entered a building unlawfully and did so with the intention of committing a crime. However, it is important to remember that a burglary charge becomes punishable as soon as a person enters a building unlawfully, even if they never get a chance to commit the crime.

Burglary also differs from theft because burglary requires there to be an intent to commit a crime once a person is in a building or domicile. It also dictates that the person unlawfully entered a home or building and was not invited in. A theft charge doesn’t require pre-meditation and can be issued even if a person was invited into the building where the theft occurred.