Burglary is a serious criminal offense.
It occurs when someone enters another person’s home, business, or property without lawful entry.
Burglary may involve charges of trespassing as well. It’s important to realize that burglary does not only take place in a home. Any building or structure that belongs to another entity may be the setting for a burglary to occur.
Some people mistakenly assume that for a burglary to occur, something must have been stolen. This isn’t true. Just being on another person’s property due to an unlawful entry constitutes burglary.
There is often confusion between theft, robbery and burglary.
Theft is when someone takes the property of another person without his or her permission.
Burglary is the act of entering someone’s premises unlawfully. If someone simply walks through an open door uninvited, technically, they have committed burglary.
Robbery is when someone robs a person using force or fear.
If you have been charged with burglary, you need the services of an experienced criminal lawyer who will represent you in a court of law.