“Burglary,” “robbery,” “theft,” and “larceny,” are terms that are often used interchangeably. But, it is important to know that each term has a specific legal definition. Read on to learn more about burglary in Georgia, how it is defined, and the potential consequences it carries.
What is Burglary?
A burglary occurs when an individual unlawfully enters a structure such as a home or a business with the intent to commit a crime inside. Often, people assume that burglary only refers to crimes involving theft, but if the individual enters with the intent to commit other crimes such as kidnapping or assault, he or she may still face burglary charges.
What are the Different Types of Burglary?
In Georgia, burglary is broken up into three different categories: second-degree burglary, first-degree burglary, and smash-and-grab burglary.
Second-Degree Burglary: This crime refers to entering or remaining in an occupied, unoccupied, or vacant structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft inside. It is important to note that in this case, the structure does not refer to a dwelling.
First-Degree Burglary: This crime refers to entering or remaining in an occupied, unoccupied, or vacant dwelling house of another or any other dwelling structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft inside.
Smash and Grab Burglary: This crime occurs when an individual intentionally enters a retail establishment with the intent to commit a theft and causes damages of $500 or more.
What are the Consequences of Burglary in Georgia?
In Georgia, burglary is taken very seriously. If you are charged with burglary, you can face the following consequences:
Second Degree Burglary: This is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
First Degree Burglary: This is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Smash and Grab Burglary: This is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.
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