First Degree Burglary

Burglary Attorney Baltimore MD - Theft, Criminal Defense Lawyer - Eric T. Kirk - maryland_criminal_lawyer_iThe old, common law meaning of burglary still constitutes first degree burglary in Maryland. The breaking an entering of the dwelling of another with the intent to commit a crime of violence therein. Now, at common law, the intent was to commit a felony therein, but that has evolved. The intent required under current law is to commit a crime of violence, which includes things like rape, murder, murder arson, kidnapping or assault, but not theft. [see second degree burglary]. 

Second Degree Burglary

Second degree burglary differs in two important respects from first degree. The intent of the accused once inside must be to steal, commit a crime of violence, or second degree arson. That is broader than activities that suffice for a first degree burglary conviction. Secondly, the structure broken into concerns a storehouse, rather than dwelling, as with first degree. 

Third Degree Burglary

Third degree burglary requires the entering of a dwelling with the intent to commit any crime. This is differs from first and second degree burglary in that no specific crimes are listed. Nonetheless, third degree burglary is a felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Fourth Degree Burglary

Fourth degree burglary is a misdemeanor that requires only the act of breaking into a dwelling or storehouse regardless of intent. Even though it is a misdemeanor, fourth degree burglary is punishable by up to 3 years in prison.

Any burglary charge is a serious offense. If you have been charged, you must act immediately by securing the help of a qualified defense attorney. I've handled hundreds of criminal cases over the years. I will put my experience to use in your defense. Contact me today to schedule your free case evaluation

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