Illegally entering a home with the intent to steal has a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. This crime becomes more serious if the burglary occurred at night, was carried out with an accomplice or the person was armed (aggravated) or even pretending to be armed. In these cases, the maximum penalty is life imprisonment.
Entering any other premise (not a residential property) with the intent to commit an offence is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment. The maximum penalty is life if something was stolen and the entry was forced.
Getting charged with a criminal offence such as burglary or break and enter is a distressing experience for yourself and your family. With the help of experience criminal lawyers, Mackenzie Mitchell Solicitors, you can maximise your chances of getting the best possible result.