A Hardened Maryland Defense Attorney Can Confidently Oppose the State's Burglary Case
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What is First-Degree Burglary
The old, common law meaning of burglary still constitutes first-degree burglary in Maryland. The breaking and entering of another's dwelling with the intent to commit a theft or a crime of violence therein. Now, at common law, the intent was to commit a felony therein, but that has evolved. Under current law, the intent is to commit theft or a crime of violence, including rape, murder, murder, arson, kidnapping, or assault.
What is Second-Degree Burglary
Second-degree burglary differs in two important respects from first-degree. Once inside, the intent of the accused must be to steal, take a gun, 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.
What is Third-Degree Burglary
Third-degree burglary requires the entering of a dwelling with the intent to commit any crime. This is different 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.
What is Fourth-Degree Burglary
Fourth-degree burglary is a misdemeanor that requires only the act of breaking into a dwelling or storehouse regardless of intent. The state can additionally prove their case by showing the possession of a burglar's tool in the circumstances evincing an intent to commit burglary. 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.