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Burglary

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The following is not legal advice but is for information only. Legal advice is when an attorney applies the law to a person's individual circumstances and advises them on their legal options or potential exposure to legal harm, which a web page clearly does not.

Behavior that is charged as burglary is not just what people think of as the intruder intent on stealing while dressed in black and quietly tip-toeing through an empty house. As is usual, prosecutors will find ways of turning otherwise less serious accusations into a more serious charge and burglary is one such offense they will use.

 

In Maine, burglary is defined as the intentional and unauthorized entry into (or secretly remaining in) a building or structure with the intent to commit a crime. The crime does not have to be committed for the individual to be charged with burglary, only the intent to commit a crime upon entering the building or structure needs to be proved.

Burglary is considered a felony offense in Maine, and the severity of the charge will depend on the circumstances of the case. For example, if the individual was armed with a dangerous weapon during the burglary, the potential punishment (which is determined by the class of offense) will be more severe.

 

The potential consequences of a burglary conviction in Maine include imprisonment for up to ten years, fines, restitution, and a permanent criminal record. A burglary conviction can also have long-term consequences, such as difficulty finding employment or housing, or to own a firearm.

 

If you have been charged with burglary in Maine, get a lawyer immediately to protect your rights and defend against the charges. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand your options and build a strong defense strategy tailored to your unique circumstances.

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