In the State of Maryland, burglary is generally defined as the breaking and entering of a structure with the intent to commit a felony or other crime therein. The Maryland statutes criminalize varying degrees of burglary depending on the nature and location of the offense.
If you have been charged with burglary in Maryland, it is essential that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney representing you every step of the way. An experienced attorney will assist you with assembling the necessary legal defenses to prevail in your case.
Degrees of Burglary in Maryland
The least serious degree of burglary in Maryland – fourth-degree burglary – typically involves a breaking and an entering onto someone else’s property. A “breaking” could include opening a partially closed door, and an “entering” could include entry of any body part into the structure. A person may be charged with third-degree burglary for breaking and entering into a person’s “dwelling house,” or home, with the intention of committing a crime therein.
A person may be charged with second-degree burglary for breaking and entering a “storehouse” or “warehouse” with the intent of committing a theft, a crime of violence, and/or arson therein. First-degree burglary, on the other hand, is the most serious burglary offense and applies to “dwellings” and the intended crimes of theft or violence.
Maryland also criminalizes “possession of burglar’s tools,” “burglary with a destructive device,” and “breaking into a research facility.”
Defenses to Maryland Burglary Charges
A criminal defendant who has been charged with burglary may have some legal defenses available to him or her. Some of the most common legal defenses to burglary charges include the following:
- Consent of the homeowner or property owner
- Lack of intent to commit a crime
Contact a Baltimore, Maryland, Criminal Defense Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
Maryland penalizes burglary convictions very harshly. If you have been charged with burglary in the State of Maryland, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to assist you. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Baltimore, Maryland, criminal defense lawyer, please call us at 410-288-2900 or contact us online.