Category: Burglary

Burglary is a crime that is often misunderstood. It gets conflated with robbery or even trespass. If you are criminally charged with burglary, though, then it’s important to understand exactly what crime you’re being charged with. 

Understanding the charges against you is the first step in understanding what your rights are and what types of defenses can best serve you in court.

Here’s what you need to know about burglary charges in North Carolina – what it means, the penalties associated with a conviction, and the defenses commonly used against them.

Burglary in

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What do you picture when you think of a burglar? Maybe the stereotypical image of a man in stripes, wearing a black hat and eye mask to protect his identity. 

He sneaks around in the night in order to break and enter without being caught. In most images, burglars carry a big sack, so they can run out of a house with jewels, electronics, or other valuable items. 

Burglary is one of the crimes most feared by Americans. 

  • Fifty-eight percent of adults fear that someone will break into their home while they’re sleeping,
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In North Carolina, the term “breaking and entering” actually covers a wide range of actions. As the name implies, breaking and entering generally occurs when someone enters a property forcibly, without the permission of the occupants or owners.

However, the sheer fact that this term covers such a wide range of actions also means that it can be charged in several ways depending on the nature of the crime. 

How the crime is committed as well as the intent of the perpetrator are used to determine how the crime is to be charged. [...]

While the nation celebrates an overall decline in burglary crimes, Greensboro numbers seem to be climbing. Here, not only are home burglaries becoming more common; burglary rates are increasing at an alarming pace. 

Burglaries in the city have reportedly increased by more than 20 percent between 2018 to 2019. As a result, you can be certain that law enforcement officials are sitting up and taking notice. 

With technology like doorbell cameras, home surveillance systems, and even evidence from Alexa and Google Home, you can bet it’s going to be easier than ever [...]

Burglary is a serious crime that may result in imprisonment in North Carolina. Due to the severity of this crime, it is important to understand how the charges against you may unfold. 

There are several effective defenses against burglary that can help you fight back against the charges.

NC Burglary Defined

There are three core components required in order for a crime to be classified as a burglary in our state. These are as follows:

  • The act of entering must have been into a building or occupied structure
  • The act of entering must
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