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Breaking and Entering (B&E), or Burglary Charges, in the North Carolina Criminal System

§ 14-51 through § 14-57 Burglary, Breaking and Entering, Breaking and Entering Into a Motor Vehicle, Burglary With Explosives, Breaking Into Currency Machines, Larceny After B&E

Raleigh Breaking and Entering LawyerIn the North Carolina General Statutes, breaking and entering and burglary are covered under the same statute - Article 14.

Burglary is differentiated into many different categories. The first breakdown is by 1st and 2nd degree. 1st degree burglary is if the crime is committed in an occupied house, dwelling, or sleeping room. 2nd degree refers to crimes committed in unoccupied dwellings. 1st degree burglary is punishable as a Class D felony while 2nd degree is a Class G.

Breaking and entering (B&E) can be charged either as a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanor B&E refers to anyone who wrongfully enters a building. Felony B&E is defined as a crime where a person breaks and/or enters a building to commit larceny (theft) or does so with the intent to threaten or injure the building's occupants. B&E crimes charged at the felony level are assigned a Class H.

Any crime of burglary or breaking and entering is serious, even at the misdemeanor level, but it is even more so at the felony level. If you have been charged with either of these crimes, contact a Raleigh criminal lawyer for a free consultation.


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