Guide to Burglary Law

Burglary Law Information - Understand Your Rights

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Burglary means illegally entering a property with the intent to commit a crime within in it, usually the crime of theft. Burglary crimes usually target homes, although burglary can be committed in any building. Learn more about burglary laws in this guide.

  • ContentBurglary - What Are the Elements

    The theft crime of burglary generally involves certain elements that separate it from other theft crimes such as larceny, petty theft and robbery that lead to various different penalties when a conviction occurs. Knowing how these elements work and why they are necessary could provide the legal defense team a way to demonstrate to the courts that the accused did not commit burglary.

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  • ContentBurglary: Beyond Breaking and Entering

    Burglary is generally understood to be the unlawful breaking and entering into almost any building with the intent to commit a crime inside. However, there is no physical breaking required; someone may trespass by way of an open door and the charge may still apply.

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  • ContentCriminal Charges for Possession of Burglary Tools

    Burglary tools are any pieces of equipment or devices that may be used to commit the crime of burglary. These items are typically grouped together such as lock picks and similar items that may be used to break into a building or to steal certain valuables.

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  • ContentDefenses to Charges of Burlgary

    Defending against charges of burglary is important due to the seriousness of the crime, the possible consequences and the sentencing of the conviction. This means that finding an excellent criminal defense lawyer is crucial for possible success against the charges.

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  • ContentKey Differences between Robbery and Burlgary

    The key differences with robbery and burglary could determine sentencing that is light or heavy, fines that may be minor or excessive and other penalties. It is imperative to understand which is worse, how they affect the case and what to do when charges are issued.

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  • ContentPenalties and Consequences of a Burglary Conviction

    Burglary is a serious crime that is often attached to other charges such as assault, battery, assault with a deadly weapon and similar issues. The penalties usually include prison terms, severe fines and various other sentences that may involve community service and reeducation programs.

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  • ContentTypes of Structures that Can Be Burlgarized

    There are a variety of locations that are more vulnerable to burglary attacks, and it is important to know which types of force and building may be affected by these illegal acts. The property may reflect what amount of force is needed to illegally enter, and security measures may reveal how much is stolen.

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  • ContentWhat Elements Must Be Proven to Secure a Burglary Conviction?

    The unlawful entry into a property with the intention of committing a crime is usually considered burglary. There are certain elements that must be proven by the prosecution when a conviction may be the end result of the case.

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  • ContentWhat Is Commercial Burglary and What Defenses Might Apply?

    Commercial burglary is defined as the act or intent of entering some type of commercial property that may include a store, office or similar structure that usually involves a theft of some type. Defenses may include pleading innocence, attempting to explain it away as a different crime or similar matters.

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