A burglary charge arises when an individual is accused of making entry without the owner's permission and with the intent to commit either theft, a felony offense, or both. In any burglary charge, 'entering' does not require that the person enters completely – only that some part of the individual, or an object connected to the individual, enters. The most common burglary offenses include burglary of a motor vehicle, of a building, and of a habitation.
Burglary of a Motor Vehicle
Although burglary of a motor vehicle was a felony offense at one time, it is now only a misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to one year in county jail. Probation is a possibility for the accused, depending on the case facts and the criminal history of the individual.
Once an individual has been convicted of or placed on probation for burglary of a motor vehicle two or more times, the next such allegation becomes a felony, with a punishment ranging from six months to two years in state jail.
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