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Burglary Defense Lawyers in Baltimore

Burglary is the serious criminal offense of trespassing by breaking and entering. While most think burglary is synonymous with theft, burglary is simply the charge of breaking and entering, regardless if there is an intent to steal anything. Burglary is also referred to as trespassing, housebreaking, or breaking and entering. Depending on the circumstances of the crime, and whether anything was allegedly stolen, penalties for burglary convictions vary. However, most burglary offenses are felonies, and a conviction can seriously alter the course of your life.

Consulting a reputable theft crimes attorney in Maryland is in your best interest, so you can assemble a strong defense strategy and fight the charges. The Law Office of Mark G. Scheuerman, LLC has litigated many theft crime cases, and our legal team eager to hear your side of the story.

Call us today at (410) 630-4274 if you’ve been arrested for burglary charges.

Maryland Burglary Conviction Penalties

In Maryland, burglary offenses are broken down into four degrees, all of which are felonies, except fourth degree burglary. Because there is a grey area between the different types of burglary offenses depending on the accused burglar’s intent, our skilled lawyers can help create a strong defense and add clarity to your case.

Different burglary offenses in Maryland, and penalties for conviction, include:

  • First degree burglary: This felony burglary offense carries the harshest penalties. The offense, according to Maryland criminal code § 6-202, involves breaking and entering into another person’s dwelling with intention of stealing goods or committing a violent crime. Those convicted face up to 25 years in prison.
  • Second degree burglary: Also a felony, second degree burglary involves trespassing in a storehouse with the intent to commit theft, violence or arson. Penalties for conviction, per Maryland criminal code § 6-203, include up to 20 years imprisonment. If the crime involved intention to steal a firearm, the penalty is raised to 20 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.
  • Third degree burglary: Maryland criminal code § 6-204 defines third degree burglary as breaking and entering into someone else’s dwelling with the intention of committing any crime. Penalties for this felony conviction include up to 10 years imprisonment.
  • Fourth degree burglary: A misdemeanor under Maryland criminal code, § 6-205, fourth degree burglary involves breaking and entering in a storehouse without the intent to commit another crime.
  • Other burglary crimes: Possession of burglar’s tools, burglary with a destructive device, and breaking into a research facility are all illegal.

Arrested for Burglary? Call The Law Office of Mark G. Scheuerman, LLC

We over 25 years of collective legal experience, we are familiar with assembling strong legal defenses for burglary charges in Maryland. Our Baltimore burglary defense attorneys are eager to help you and educate you on how to proceed after you’ve been arrested on burglary charges.

Schedule your free consultation online with The Law Office of Mark G. Scheuerman, LLC, or call (410) 630-4274.

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