A person commits the crime of burglary if he enters a building or occupied structure with the purpose to commit a crime therein, unless at the time the premises is open to the public or the person is invited inside.
Burglary is a class B felony; however it can be a class A felony if any of the following circumstances occur:
- It is committed in the dwelling of another at night
- The person is armed with a deadly weapon during the commission of the offense
- The person inflicts bodily injury on someone during the commission of the offense
A less serious crime than burglary, but often charged, is the crime of criminal trespass. A person commits the crime of criminal trespass if, knowing that he is not licensed or privileged to do so, remains in any place.
Criminal trespass is a class B felony if the person causes more than $1,000.00 in damage during the offense and has a prior conviction for criminal trespass. It is a misdemeanor under the following circumstances:
- It occurs in an occupied structure
- The person knowingly enters or remains in any secured premises or any place where the person is told not to enter or to leave by the owner of that place
- It occurs somewhere in defiance of a court order
All other charges of criminal trespass are a violation-level offense.
If you are charged with burglary or criminal trespass, you need an experienced and effective criminal defense attorney to represent you immediately. Because burglary or criminal trespass can be a misdemeanor or felony-level charge, a person convicted of it may be sent to the House of Corrections or the New Hampshire State Prison. The criminal defense lawyers at Wilson, Bush & Keefe have the proven record of success to defend you when you need it the most.