The word burglary may evoke a picture of a thief climbing quietly through a window. While this image maybe a common outlook it does not include the many factors associated with the crime. Burglary is commonly defined as the breaking and entering into a building illegally with the intent of committing a crime of some sort. There are different categories in terms of legal charges and penalties. The term "breaking" refers to the force which is used to eliminate barriers of entry for example forcibly accessing a door unintended for use without permission can be considered as "breaking" in. Although the core of the definition is shared the categories to investigate it and penalties imposed vary from state to state.
Penalties for Burglary in Rhode Island
The categories for burglary in the state of Rhode Island are dissected by the elements of the crime. These categories examine the two primary elements of every case, unlawful entry and criminal intent. The three man categories include burglary of a dwelling, a public building and a private building. Each category carries uniquely related penalties.
§ 11-8-1 Burglary. – Every person who shall commit burglary shall be imprisoned for life or for any term not less than five (5) years.
-Rhode Island Penalties
Burglary is a serious crime with serious penalties. Being found guilty of this crime could have a negative lasting impact on your future. Having an experienced RI Burglary Lawyer representing your case could make all the difference in the success of your results. If you or a loved one has been charged with burglary contact RI Criminal Defense Lawyer Chad F Bank from The Law Office of Chad F Bank immediately at 401-229-5088.