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How Can I Be Charged with Burglary Without Theft?

Kentucky law defines burglary as entering/remaining unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime.  While the normal crime thought of is theft, it does not have to be a theft.  For example, if you break into someone's house in order to beat them up, it is burglary:  breaking and entering for purpose of committing assault. Many times a burglary is also the charge if the person breaks and enters and intends to commit a theft, intends to commit an assault or intends to commit any other crime. Burglary can be charged as a B, C, or D felony.  the first and most minor charge is entering and remaining unlawfully in a building for purpose of committing a crime.  This is Burglary in 3rd degree, a class D felony (punishable by 1-5) under KRS 511.040.  Burglary in 2nd degree is entering and remaining unlawfully in a dwelling for purpose of committing a crime.  This is punishable by 5-10 years and is a class C felony and is defined in KRS 511.030.  Burglary 1st degree is the most serious, punishable by 10-20 years as a class B felony includes either of the foregoing and the use of a deadly weapon, threats with a dangerous instrument or injury to any individual.  It is defined under KRS 511.020. All felonies are serious and defendants should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.  If you have been charged with burglary or any other crime in Northern Kentucky, contact a criminal defense attorney to obtain advice relative to your specific charges.  If you have questions or concerns, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 (MIKE) or email question to mike@bouldinlawfirm.com.

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