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If you’ve been charged with burglary in Maryland, contact attorney G. Randolph Rice, Jr., to schedule a free legal consultation at (410) 694-7291 or email Mr. Rice for immediate help.

What are the different types of burglary crimes in Maryland?

In Maryland the statutes are contained in Title 6, Subtitle 2 of the Maryland Criminal Code. The subsections of the Maryland title contain the following crimes:

  • Burglary in the first degree;
  • Burglary in the second degree;
  • Burglary in the third degree;
  • Burglary in the fourth degree;
  • Breaking and entering motor vehicle – Rogue and Vagabond;
  • Burglary with destructive device;
  • Breaking and entering a research facility;

Burglary classification and penalties in Maryland

Burglary in the first degree

Q: Is burglary in the first degree a felony or misdemeanor in Maryland?

A: First degree burglary is classified as a felony in Maryland.

Q: What is the maximum penalty for burglary in the first degree in Maryland?

A: The maximum penalty for burglary first degree in Maryland is Twenty (20) years incarceration.

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Burglary in the second degree

Q: Is burglary in the second degree a felony or misdemeanor in Maryland?

A: Second degree burglary is classified as a felony in Maryland.

Q: What is the maximum penalty for burglary in the second degree in Maryland?

A: The maximum penalty for burglary second degree in Maryland is either Fifteen (15) years or Twenty (20) years incarceration and/or a $10,000 fine. The penalty depends in the intent of the offender when he/she breaks and enters the storehouse.

Burglary in the third degree

Q: Is burglary in the third degree a felony or misdemeanor in Maryland?

A: Third degree burglary is classified as a felony in Maryland.

Q: What is the maximum penalty for burglary in the third degree in Maryland?

A: The maximum penalty for burglary third degree in Maryland is Ten (10) years incarceration.

Burglary in the fourth degree

Q: Is burglary in the fourth degree a felony or misdemeanor in Maryland?

A: Fourth degree burglary is classified as a misdemeanor in Maryland.

Q: What is the maximum penalty for burglary in the fourth degree in Maryland?

A: The maximum penalty for burglary fourth degree in Maryland is Three (3) years incarceration.

Breaking and entering motor vehicle – rogue and vagabond

Q: Is breaking and entering motor vehicle – rogue and vagabond a felony or misdemeanor in Maryland?

A: breaking and entering motor vehicle – rogue and vagabond is classified as a misdemeanor in Maryland.

Q: What is the maximum penalty for breaking and entering motor vehicle – rogue and vagabond in Maryland?

A: The maximum penalty for breaking and entering motor vehicle – rogue and vagabond in Maryland is Three (3) years incarceration.

Burglary with a Destructive Device

Q: Is burglary with a destructive device a felony or misdemeanor in Maryland?

A: Burglary with a destructive device is classified as a felony in Maryland.

Q: What is the maximum penalty for burglary with a destructive device in Maryland?

A: The maximum penalty in Maryland is Three (20) years incarceration.

Breaking an entering a research facility

Q: Is breaking and entering a research facility a felony or misdemeanor in Maryland?

A: Breaking and entering a research facility is classified as a felony in Maryland.

Q: What is the maximum penalty for breaking and entering a research facility in Maryland?

A: The maximum penalty for in Maryland is Five (5) years incarceration and/or a $5,000.00 fine.

DO I HAVE TO PROVE THAT I DID NOT COMMIT THE BURGLARY – FIRST DEGREE?

No, it is not your burden to prove that you did not commit the Burglary – First Degree.  It‘s the burden of the State of Maryland and the State’s Attorney’s Office to prove that you committed the criminal offense.

WHAT DOES THE STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE HAVE TO PROVE TO CONVICT ME OF BURGLARY – FIRST DEGREE?

The State must prove that you broke and entered the dwelling of another with the intent to commit theft and/or a crime of violence. In order to convict you the State must prove:

  1. That there was a breaking;
  2. That there was an entry;
  3. That the breaking and entry was into someone else’s dwelling;
  4. That the breaking and entry was done with the intent to commit a theft and/or a crime of violence inside the dwelling; and
  5. That the defendant was the person who broke and entered.

Breaking means the creation or enlargement of an opening, such as breaking or opening a window or pushing open a door. Breaking can include gaining entry by fraud, trick, or force. Entry means that any part of the defendant’s body was inside the house. A dwelling is a structure where someone regularly sleeps.

CAN I HAVE A JURY TRIAL IF I HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY – FIRST DEGREE IN MARYLAND?

You have a right to a jury trial if you have been charged with Burglary – First Degree in Maryland.  You also have the right to have the case heard by a Judge to determine if you committed the Burglary – First Degree. If you have been charged with Burglary – First degree in Baltimore County, Harford County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, or any other county in Maryland, contact the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, for immediate help.

Q: What Should I Do if I Am Arrested and Charged with Burglary in Maryland?

A: If you think you will be charged with burglary or you have been charged with burglary, you need to contact an experienced burglar defense attorney in the jurisdiction where you were charged.  Attorney Randolph Rice is ranked by Super Lawyers as a Maryland Rising Star, an Avvo 10 out of 10 and Lead Counsel Rated for Criminal Defense in Maryland.

If you are charged with any degree of burglary in:

  • Baltimore County Md.
  • Baltimore City Md.
  • Harford County Md.
  • Howard County Md.
  • Anne Arundel County Md.
  • Worcester County Md
  • or any other jurisdiction in Maryland

Call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, Jr., at (410) 694-7291 or email the office for immediate legal help and to discuss you burglary charges.

You can schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation with former Assistant State’s Attorney, G. Randolph Rice, Jr.

The crime of burglary in the state of Maryland can be charged as EITHER a felony or misdemeanor depending on the severity and evidence of the case.

Probation if Convicted in Maryland

In addition to facing possible time in jail or prison, District Court and Circuit Court Judges in the state of Maryland can place you on a period of probation from One (1) day to Five (5) years (maximum period of probation for District Court is limited to 3 years). Probation may require you to check-in with a Maryland Parole and Probation agent daily, weekly, monthly or on a bi-monthly basis.

Probation may also be supervised or unsupervised and that will be decided by the Judge that the case is heard before. Supervised probation requires your presence at one of the many parole and probation offices located around the state of Maryland.

Limited probation or unsupervised probation may only require an occasional phone call to a probation agent or no contact at all with parole and probation.

Why Choose the Law Offices of Randolph Rice for your criminal defense and criminal justice case?

Criminal cases can be complicated and difficult to litigate and defend. Burglary charges are strongly pursued by law enforcement and the State’s Attorney for the jurisdiction in which the crime allegedly occurred.  Particularly in cases that involve violence, meaning the act occurred with an underlying act of violence during the burglary.

If you have been charged or arrested with burglary in Maryland, you need an experienced, skilled, trusted, and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Without the assistance and help of an experienced attorney, you have little chance of winning your case if it goes to trial.

We investigate all cases

At the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, we will conduct a thorough investigation of your case.  We have the ability to investigate the witnesses and victims of each case in Maryland.  We will subpoena and summons the needed witnesses to best defend your case.  We will formulate the most appropriate argument for your defense and ensure that the Judge or jury hear the facts as they really happened.

Often, the law enforcement agencies or States Attorneys office for the county you are charged in will overlook an aspect of the case, if this happen, we will find other witnesses or evidence to present to the Court or state’s attorney’s office to support your case. We will work with you and fight for your rights and freedom.

Don’t Go to Court Alone.

A criminal conviction can affect the rest of your life. You could spend years in jail, pay expensive fines, Court costs and regret not having a professional and experienced burglary defense attorney advising you on the best decisions in your case. Call Attorney Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a FREE criminal defense consultation. We have years of experience and have helped thousands of client, let our experience got to work for you in the Courtroom.

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If you’ve been charged with burglary in Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Harford County, Anne Arundel County, Howard County or Worcester County, Maryland, contact the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, at (410) 694-7291 for immediate help.

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