Category: Burglary

Property crimes, including burglary, robbery, and theft, are criminal offenses that involve taking or damaging someone else’s property. These crimes can carry severe legal consequences, including imprisonment, hefty fines, and a permanent criminal record that can affect future employment opportunities, housing, and other aspects of life. Being charged with a property crime can be an overwhelming and daunting experience, but understanding the charges and the available defenses can help you make informed decisions about your case.

Property crime charges are often complex and can involve various legal issues, such as the admissibility of [...]

Robbery is a common crime in North Carolina, and the charges against such a crime can vary based on the type of robbery committed. Here’s what you need to know about robbery and the law in North Carolina.

Theft vs. Robbery vs. Burglary

Theft and robbery are similar — they both involve the taking of someone else’s money or property. However, there are some differences between the two.

With theft, the victim need not be present. In the case of robbery, however, the perpetrator takes the property or money directly from a person. [...]

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


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,

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. [...]