Typically, a person may be charged with burglary after an unlawful entry of a building with the intent to commit a crime inside, when the victim is not typically present. Physical breaking and entering doesn’t necessarily need to occur for someone to be charged; it may be considered burglary if the offender trespasses through an open door.

Burglary may be considered a felony or misdemeanor, depending on several factors. Typically, residential burglaries are considered felonies, while commercial burglaries are misdemeanors. An exception to that rule is if the commercial building has been given protection by the law, such as a bank.

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Burglary Statistics

Property crime, including burglary, makes up nearly 75% of all crimes in the United States. In 2005, law enforcement agencies reported more than 2 million burglaries, with an average dollar value of $1,725.

The traditional definition of burglary includes the stipulation that the crime occur at night. Today, the majority of burglaries occur during the daytime, with 62.4% of residential offenses occurring during daylight hours.

According to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program Crime Clock, a burglary takes place in the U.S. every 14.6 seconds

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Burglary Charges? Get Answers from a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal burglary charges may be issued simply for entering a residence or other building with the intent to steal. In many states, the entry does not need to be forced, and no crime need be committed. Additionally, having burglar’s tools may be in itself a crime. Aggravated burglary can be charged if the burglar possessed a weapon, or if anyone was in the residence at the time.

If you have been arrested for burglary, speak to a criminal defense attorney about your case. Total Criminal Defense can help you find a local defense lawyer who can offer advice on how to proceed. Give us a call at 877-445-1059 or fill out our free online evaluation form to connect with a lawyer near you and schedule a consultation.

The above summary of burglary is by no means all-inclusive and is not intended to provide legal advice. Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on burglary laws and penalties, speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area.