Breaking and Entering ORC § 2911.13
Definition of Breaking and Entering:
- Trespass in an unoccupied structure
- By force, stealth, or deception,
- With purpose to steal or commit a felony.
An offense of breaking and entering is distinguished from burglary in that the building that the offender breaks into is unoccupied rather than occupied. Because there is a relatively low risk of personal harm when the building is unoccupied, this offense is viewed as less serious. Still, an offense of breaking and entering is a fourth-degree felony, which carries with it a potential penalty of 6-18 months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
At Funkhouser Law, from the moment a client walks through the door, we presume that they are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. As such, we work hard to accomplish the most favorable outcome for each of our clients. If you have been accused of breaking and entering, please call Funkhouser Law for a free consultation with an experienced, peer-rated lawyer.