Burglary

Burglary charges are governed by N.C.G.S. 14-51

Burglary is the unlawful intrusion onto property or a building with the intent to commit a crime therein. In North Carolina, there are two different classifications for burglary – first and second degree.

First Degree Burglary

If the burglary is committed in a home or dwelling when someone is present, it is a Class D Felony. This carries up to 80 months in prison for a first-time offender, but can be substantially increased based on the circumstances of your case. If you have been charged with first degree burglary, it is in your best interest to hire a criminal defense lawyer right away to receive the best possible outcome.

Second Degree Burglary

If the burglary is committed in a home or dwelling when no one is home, it is a Class G Felony. This carries up to 21 months in prison for first time offenders, but can be substantially increased based on the circumstances of your case. If you have been charged with second degree burglary, it is in your best interest to hire a criminal defense lawyer right away to receive the best possible outcome.