How Are Burglary Charges Classified?
Throughout the years that we have been in practice we have defended many clients against a wide range of serious crimes, including theft crimes like burglary. We aim to keep you informed throughout the entire process and take the time to discuss your rights and options with you. Depending on the nature of the crime you have been charged with, you could be facing more serious consequences than you imagined.
The classifications of burglary are as followed:
- Third-degree burglary: If you enter a building unlawfully or remain in a building unlawfully with the intention to commit a crime, this is considered third-degree burglary.
- Second-degree burglary: A third-degree burglary charge can be upgraded to a second-degree charge if you allegedly had a weapon, caused injury to a victim, or if the building which was entered is a home or dwelling.
- First-degree burglary: If you enter a building which is a dwelling armed with a firearm, cause any type of physical injury or use threat with any type of dangerous instrument, this is considered a first-degree burglary.