Although many people believe burglary only occurs when you put a mask on and creep into someone’s house at night, the definition of the crime is actually broader. In fact, a range of activities can land you in jail for burglary in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The law categorizes burglary into two categories: first and second degree.
If you’ve been charged with first or second-degree burglary in Oklahoma, be sure to get in touch with an experienced Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney today.
First-Degree Burglary in Oklahoma
First-degree burglary is the most serious charge if you’ve been accused of this crime. To be charged with first-degree burglary in Oklahoma, the prosecution must allege that you have broken into someone’s property in one of the following manners:
1. By forcibly bursting or breaking the wall, or an outer door, window, or shutter of a window of such house or the lock or bolts of such door, or the fastening of such window or shutter; or
2. By breaking in any other manner, being armed with a dangerous weapon, or being assisted or aided by one or more confederates then actually present; or
3. By unlocking an outer door by means of false keys or by picking the lock thereof, or by lifting a latch or opening a window, is guilty of burglary in the first degree.
If you plead guilty or if a jury finds you guilty of first-degree burglary, you will be convicted of a felony offense. Consequently, you will face between seven and 20 years in prison.
Second-Degree Burglary in Oklahoma
Second-degree burglary in Oklahoma is much less serious than first-degree burglary, but still carries hefty penalties.
The crime occurs if a defendant breaks and enters (in any manner, such as pushing a door in) into any place in which any property is kept with the intent to steal or commit any felony.
However, a right to entry negates a charge of burglary (i.e. a defendant owned the store he broke into.)
Anyone convicted of second-degree burglary in Oklahoma will face between two and seven years in prison.
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We all make mistakes, though some come with greater penalties than others. If you’ve been charged with first or second-degree burglary, let an experienced Oklahoma City felony defense attorney help you.
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