Most property offenses occur when an individual intentionally takes, deprives, damages, or harms the property of another. Whether the property is inexpensive or extremely valuable, the Commonwealth imposes a variety of consequences on the offender. As a practicing defense lawyer since 2002, I provide affordable fees and work unwaveringly on behalf of our clients, and seek for them the best outcome given the facts of their case. I would invite you to contact me for a free consultation, and to learn about your options.
In Massachusetts the crime of breaking and entering with the intention to commit a felony or misdemeanor is a serious crime.
Breaking and entering can occur in a variety of places including:
Breaking and entering can take place either in the day time or at night. Any degree of physical force is used to gain unauthorized entry can create a criminal charge of breaking and entering.
The offender must enter the property using unlawful means. This often means that access is gained by breaking a window, picking a lock, etc. It can also include being let in by an accomplice or tricking another to gain access.
Entry means any portion of an individual’s body or entry of any instrument, including weapons) that is controlled by the individual.
The most important piece of this crime is that the individual must have the intent to break and enter into the specific location to commit a felony or misdemeanor. The government must be able to show this intent.
Different penalties may be imposed depending on the degree of harm caused (or intended to cause). In the case of coupling it with the intent to commit a felony or misdemeanor, the government does not have to show a specific act that was supposed to be committed; they simply must show that there was an intent to also commit an act of this nature.
The following are different variations of this crime in Massachusetts:
A conviction for breaking and entering can seriously affect your life. If you have been charged with this offense, please call me at your earliest convenience so that I can learn about your matter and begin protecting your rights.