What Are the Consequences of Burglary in New York?


Burglary offenses have severe repercussions. If you were charged with one, you will need an experienced Nassau County criminal defense attorney on your side. Reach out to our firm today to obtain the legal representation you need. Our legal team is will fight for you and your rights.

How does New York define burglary?

Burglary is defined in two different ways in New York. The first is entry into a building with the intent to commit a crime and the second is remaining on a property with the intent to commit a crime. In most cases, burglaries typically coincide with physically breaking and entering a building. It is important to recognize, however, that it is still possible to commit burglary by staying unlawfully inside of a building with the objective to commit a crime without the act of breaking and entering. This means that this act is still referred to as burglary even if the perpetrator was initially invited into the building.

Furthermore, theft does not have to take place in order for it to be considered burglary. Aside from theft, the other common intended crimes that have been seen in a burglary are sex crimes as well as assaults. Burglary can also occur even if the intended crime is not yet committed. For instance, in the event that a perpetrator enters a building unlawfully with the intent to steal but leaves the building without doing so, this is still considered burglary.

To learn more about how New York laws define burglary, reach out to our firm today. Our skilled and experienced Nassau County criminal defense attorneys are on your side.

What are the penalties for burglary in New York?

In New York, most cases of burglaries are considered felonies. The penalties of burglaries in New York vary by degree and are as follows:

  • Third-degree burglary is considered a Class D felony with the potential of 1-7 years in prison and a potential $5,000 fine
  • Second-degree burglary is considered a Class C felony with the potential of 1-15 years in prison and a potential $5,000 fine
  • First-degree burglary is considered a Class B felony with the potential of 1-25 years in prison and a potential $5,000 fine

No matter what degree of burglary you are facing, reach out to our dedicated legal team today to obtain competent and aggressive legal representation.


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