Burglary is a crime which refers to breaking and entering any building with the intention to commit a felony or theft. Burglary laws vary from state to state and can be classified into different degrees based on the gravity or severity. The article answers some of the questions on burglary and laws related to it.
Burglary is a crime that includes breaking and entering any building with the intention to commit a felony or theft. Burglary laws vary from state to state and can be classified into different degrees based on their gravity or severity. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program of FBI has three sub-classifications for this crime such as forcible entry, unlawful entry where no force is used and attempted forcible entry. Even if nothing is stolen in the burglary, the act itself is a statutory offense. As stated, burglary can be an element in felony crimes including rape, murder, arson, kidnapping and identity theft, etc. This article answers some of the frequently asked questions on burglary and laws associated with it.<br><br>
I am from Georgia and was convicted in a misdemeanor burglary act in 2005. Am I eligible to own a firearm as per law here?<br>
Misdemeanor charges do not prohibit someone from owning a firearm and in Georgia; you should be able to own a gun as you were not convicted of a felony. However, if you had a misdemeanor conviction with a jail term of at least 2 years, then you won’t be able to own a gun as per the Federal law. You can check with your local police department to find out the rules and regulation pertaining to this issue. Also go to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to ascertain your eligibility in this matter.<br><br>
What could be the punishment for somebody who has been charged with burglary in an unoccupied building? This apart, the cops have also recovered several drugs like cocaine, cannabis and paraphernalia from him at the same time. What could be the maximum punishment in this case?<br>
The punishment depends on several factors including the seriousness of the crime, whether the person has some priors or not. However, the basic burglary is a third degree felony which attracts a five year jail term apart from one year jail term for possessing marijuana plus another one year for possessing paraphernalia. You might get another five year jail term as the cocaine charge is another third degree felony. It is advisable to ask a lawyer who can help you on this.<br><br>