Burglary has traditionally been defined as breaking and entering into the dwelling of another at nighttime, with the intent to commit a felony. Although this is the traditionally definition of burglary, the elements of burglary now vary from state to state. Additionally, in many states, the definition of burglary has been expanded to include entry into any form of building or structure, vehicle, or vessel used as a resident, at any time of day or night, with the intent to commit theft or another crime.
Although the possible sentences for burglary convictions differ widely among different states, convictions come with several possible penalties. Penalties include, but are not limited to the following:
Shoplifting is the criminal action of stealing goods from a shop while pretending to be a customer.
Someone who is caught shoplifting runs the risk of facing civil or criminal penalties, or both. A person who has multiple prior offenses may also face more stringent penalties.
Shoplifting charges can be misdemeanor or felony charges.
If you or someone you know may be facing burglary or shoplifting charges, it is important to know your options. To ensure that you have the best possible outcome in either a burglary case or shoplifting case, Sethi Law Group recommends that you consult with a qualified and experienced attorney.