Burglary and Robbery
Burglary is most often thought of as a theft crime however, you can be charged with burglary for entering a home, business, storage building, railroad car, or watercraft with the intent to commit a felony other than a theft. Burglary can be either first degree or second, depending upon the type of structure that is burglarized. Depending upon your criminal history, the punishment for burglary first degree can range from 1 to 25 years in prison. Second degree burglary punishments can range from 1 to 8 years in prison depending on your criminal history. Smash and grab burglary is a specific type or manner of committing burglary. A person commits the offense of smash and grab burglary when he or she intentionally and without authority enters a retail establishment with the intent to commit a theft and causes damage in excess of $500.00 to such establishment without the owner’s consent. Smash and grab burglary sentences range from 2 to 20 years in prison, 5 to 20 years in prison with a prior smash and grab conviction, and a $100,000.00 fine.
If you have been charged with the crime of burglary, smash and grab burglary or any theft offense in Forsyth County or any surrounding counties, contact the experienced criminal defense team at Patterson Moore Butler to develop a focused defense strategy for your case.