Many people believe the terms ‘burglary‘ and ‘larceny‘ (or theft) mean the same thing and are therefore the same crime, but these are actually two different illegal activities that carry different consequences when you are charged with either. Let’s take a closer look at what each crime entails to understand why one is more severe than the other.
What is Burglary?
The main difference between burglary and larceny is that the former is focused more on intent than the actual act of committing a crime. Burglary is the unlawful entry into any building or structure with the intention of committing a crime. ‘Unlawful’ here means that you did not have permission to enter the building and that you used any amount of force to make your way inside, even if that force was simply pushing open a door or climbing through a window.
To convict someone of burglary, the prosecutor must prove that there was intent to commit a crime. Burglary charges typically carry a prison sentence, and the terms will vary based on the circumstances surrounding the burglary.
What is Larceny?
This crime occurs when the intended crime of theft is actually carried out or committed successfully. Larceny means that a person has taken possession of another person’s property without permission and without intending to return it to the owner. A burglary can lead to larceny when the person who enters a property unlawfully goes beyond the intention of committing a crime and actually steals a piece of personal property from the building they entered. There are two main classifications of larceny in MD:
- Stolen item(s) typically valued at under $1,000
- Can involve a fine or jail sentence of up to 6 months
- Stolen item(s) typically valued at over $1,000
- Can involve fines and jail sentence up to 3 years
If you have committed burglary or larceny, hiring an expert MD lawyer to help defend your criminal case is the best way to avoid harsher penalties for your crime.
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Criminal Defense FAQs
Can I Appeal My Criminal Case?
If your case was tried in the District Court of Maryland, you do have the right to an appeal which would result in a brand new trial that doesn’t regard the findings of the initial court that tried your case. You have 30 days from the date of sentencing to appeal a case.
Will the State Appoint Me a Defense Attorney?
You may choose to accept legal assistance from a state-appointed lawyer during your trial. However, working with a criminal defense attorney at Albers & Associates means you’ll receive more personalized and dedicated care from a lawyer who is dedicated to aggressively pursuing the best outcome possible for every client they work with.
Why Do I Need a Criminal Defense Attorney for a DUI?
Maryland is one of the states in the U.S. That assesses both administrative and criminal penalties when someone is charged with a DUI. This means that fines, license suspension, and imprisonment are all commonly assessed when a driver has been caught doing so under the influence. The MVA handles most of the administrative charges, but a criminal defense lawyer is necessary if you want to avoid harsher penalties for the criminal charges.