Yes. Even though it is called ‘breaking and entering,’ if you trespass into an open and unlocked structure, you may be charged with breaking and entering if the other elements of the crime are satisfied. ‘Breaking in’ is not a required element of the crime.
What are some elements of breaking and entering?
- By force, stealth, or deception
- Trespass in an unoccupied structure
- With purpose to commit therein
- Any theft offense, or
- Any felony
- On the land or premises of another
- With purpose to commit a felony
A conviction for a breaking and entering can be a 5th felony meaning it carries up to 12 months in prison and a fine of up to $2500.00. So, do not hesitate call an experienced attorney and see how we can help protect you or a loved one facing criminal charges.
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