Breaking or Entering

Breaking or Entering Charges are governed by N.C.G.S. 14-54.

Felony Breaking or Entering

You may be found guilty of a felony breaking or entering if:

  • There was a breaking or entering by you
  • It was a building that was broken into or entered
  • The owner or tenant of the building did not consent to the breaking or entering
  • At the time of the breaking or entering, you intended to commit a felony or larceny


This is a Class H felony and carries up to 15 months in prison for first time offenders, but can be increased substantially based on the circumstances of your case. If you have been charged with felony breaking or entering, it is in your best interest to hire a criminal defense lawyer right away to receive the best possible outcome.

Misdemeanor Breaking or Entering

You may be found guilty of misdemeanor breaking or entering if:

  • There was a breaking or entering by you
  • It was a building that was broken into or entered
  • The owner or tenant of the building did not consent to the breaking or entering
  • At the time of the breaking or entering, you acted wrongfully / without any claim of right


This is a Class 1 misdemeanor and carries up to 120 days in jail. If you have been charged with this, a criminal defense lawyer can help you mitigate this charge, and sometimes help you avoid jail time altogether.