Burglary Charges? Know Your Rights.
Being convicted with a burglary charge, whether 1st or 4th degree, is a very serious matter, and should be treated as such. Any kind of charge on your record can have devastating effects on your life. Charges could interfere with future employment opportunities, could result in incarceration, and can cause societal embarrassment. The best way to avoid all of these problems is to avoid the charges, and the best way to avoid the charges is to hire a Maryland burglary lawyer.
Degrees of Burglary Charges
Just like other areas of the law, there are different levels of burglary charges, and what degree you are charged with is very important. Here are the differences between the four degrees of burglary charges:
§ 6-202 of the criminal code states that 1st degree burglary is the breaking and entering into a dwelling with an intent to commit either a violent crime or a theft. The intent to commit theft could be either a misdemeanor or a felony. This crime holds a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment.
2nd degree is very similar to the 1st, with the primary difference being that it is committed in a “storehouse”. A storehouse could mean any number of buildings such as a barn, factory, storefront, or public building. Like 1st degree, there must be an intent to commit violent crime, robbery, or arson. This charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.
Different from the first two, as there is no specific crimes listed. 3rd degree is defined as entering a dwelling with intent to commit a crime. It is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
While 4th degree is a misdemeanor, it can still result in up to three years of jail time. 4th degree charges apply to anyone who enters a dwelling or a storehouse by breaking in, regardless of if there is intent to commit a crime.
Some cases can even be escalated to larceny depending on the circumstances.
Albers & Associates Works For You
Some attorneys only view their clients as just another check walking through the door, but not us. With his experience as a Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney and a Maryland burglary lawyer, Ross W. Albers has always put the interests of his clients first. We’ve helped clients of all different backgrounds and from all different situations over the years, and have treated every single one with dignity and respect.
There are many reasons why Albers & Associates have had success over the years, but perhaps one of the most explanatory reasons is the aggressive way we represent our clients. No matter the severity of your charge, we give each case the time it deserves and commit ourselves to fight for each and every individual.