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Entry into Unlocked Cars Still Charged as Burglary

On Sunday, October 6, police received a call about a person getting into unlocked cars. Reports state that the suspect had rifled through the glove compartments and the consoles of 11 cars to find things of value. Officers apprehended a 16-year-old, who now faces 11 felony charges and two misdemeanor larceny charges. The youth is still charged with burglary, as under state law, there does not have to be a forced entry to be charged with breaking and entering.

While juvenile charges can lead to a sentence of detention, probation, and counseling, etc., if these charges were leveled at an adult, then these would likely be 11 counts of second degree burglary, a Class G felony. The charges could be in the second degree since no one was inside the vehicles. Such a felony is punishable by 8 to 31 months of prison. Whether these charges turn into convictions that go on a juvenile or a criminal record, such a conviction could have a life-long influence. It can keep someone from being accepted by a school, being hired, or being approved for a loan. This can sometimes be the worst part of a criminal sentence.

If you face any theft charges, then you need to take them seriously. An undeserved conviction can seriously alter the course of your life. You need a Raleigh criminal defense lawyer committed to defending your rights and your freedom. You can find the answers and legal representation that you deserve at Hopper Law Firm PLLC. Learn how we may be able to help you when you contact our firm today. We have been providing skilled and passionate representation for residents of North Carolina since 1994. Find out how our experience can help give you the edge you need.

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