Maryland has approximately 37,000 breaking and entering cases every year, and that is not including other types of theft. There is a broad range of consequences for burglary depending on the value of what was stolen, the circumstances of the case, and the criminal history of the accused. What should every citizen know about burglary in Maryland law?
About Burglary in Maryland Law
Burglary is a crime, and it can be referred to using a variety of names, including housebreaking, breaking and entering, and trespassing. There are four different degrees of burglary in the state of Maryland, one of which is a misdemeanor and three of which are felonies. Depending on the realities of your case and a variety of other factors, you might experience a broad range of penalties including jail time.
The most serious type of burglary in Maryland law is first-degree burglary. This burglary charge is levied when someone breaks into and enters a home or dwelling with the intent of committing a violent crime or stealing something. The crime is considered a felony, and it can be punishable by two decades in prison.
The main difference between first- and second-degree burglary in Maryland law is where the crime was being committed. Instead of being committed at a residence, second-degree burglary occurs at a storehouse, which could mean a school, public building, train car, or certain other vehicles. In order to be convicted of second-degree burglary, there must have been an intent to commit theft, arson, or a type of violent crime. This is also a felony and can lead to up to 15 years of prison time.
Unlike first- and second-degree burglary in Maryland law, which require there to be a specific crime (theft, arson, etc.), third-degree burglary simply requires one to enter a dwelling with the intent of committing any crime. This is considered a felony and can come with a sentence of up to a decade in prison.
The final type of burglary in Maryland law is fourth-degree burglary. This is a misdemeanor, and it can happen when you enter a storehouse or dwelling after breaking in. There is no requirement of intent to commit any type of crime.
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