Burglary is the entering into a building or “occupied structure” with the intent to commit a crime therein. The term “occupied structure” means any structure, vehicle, boat or place adapted for the overnight accommodations or for carrying on business.
When you conjure up an image of a burglary, or a burglary in progress, you very likely may envision a person dressed in dark clothing with their face hidden behind a mask as the burglar attempts to pry open your window at 4am. Burglary encompasses both this and other types of conduct. A Burglary takes place when one enters a building or home with the intent to commit a crime – not necessarily just a theft.
Consider this hypothetical: You get into a verbal confrontation over the phone after discovering your friend ate your entire bag of potato chips. Aggravated, you slam down the phone and drive to your soon-to-be former friend’s house. You barge in thru the front door hoping to punch him in the nose. Lucky for him you spot a new bag of potato chips on the kitchen counter and, well, problem resolved. Here, the act of entering into the home with the intent to commit a crime (assault) is a burglary.
The penalties for Burglary are severe. If a person commits a Burglary while armed with a deadly weapon or does bodily harm that person faces up to 15 years in prison. Otherwise, Burglary is punishable in New Hampshire by up to 7 years in prison.
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