Burglary is the crime of breaking and entering into a home or other structure for the purpose of committing a crime. In fact, no great force is necessary in order to complete the crime of burglary. Simply sliding a window open or opening an unlocked door and walking in would suffice. Contrary to popular belief, burglary does not have to contain the element of theft.
A burglary can apply to any type of crime such as stalking, or sexual harassment, or assault, or even rape whether or not the intended criminal act was carried out. Initially burglary referred to breaking into a residence under the darkness of night, but today it has expanded to virtually any criminal entry into a building regardless of the time of day.
Under §2911.12 it is unlawful for a person to trespass an occupied structure or in a separately secured or separately occupied portion of an occupied structure with the purpose of committing any criminal offense. Under this section, it can include either a permanent or a temporary habitation where any person is living. In simple terms it's against the law to enter any occupied structure or dwelling with the purpose of committing any criminal offense. For example, it would not only be illegal to break and enter into someone's home for the purpose of assaulting a person, or raping them, or stealing their property, but it could also be considered illegal to enter someone's garage or any other structure with the purpose of committing a criminal offense.
In Ohio, there are three burglary offenses: aggravated burglary, burglary, and breaking and entering. All burglary charges are prosecuted as felonies in Ohio; however, the sentencing and penalties vary depending upon the facts surrounding the case. Since burglary charges are serious in nature where a conviction can result in prison sentencing, hefty monetary fines and more, it's absolutely critical to enlist the services of an Akron criminal defense attorney from DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder.
With more than 85 years combined experience, we are fully prepared to defend your case. We will investigate every detail and search for any holes in the prosecution's case that may serve to get your charges reduced, if not dismissed entirely. Call us today to begin protecting your future and your freedom.
Contact an Akron criminal defense attorney from the firm if you are facing burglary charges.