The charge of Burglary is a serious criminal offense and it has serious consequences if convicted. If you have been charged with Burglary immediately contact the Law Office of Casey P. Mullen at 412-403-5691 for a free consultation to evaluate your case, explore your defenses and develop a plan of action with a skilled and aggressive defense attorney.
Below find the Pennsylvania Criminal Statute that defines Burglary.
§ 3502. Burglary.
(a) Offense defined.--A person is guilty of burglary if he enters a building or occupied structure, or separately secured or occupied portion thereof, with intent to commit a crime therein, unless the premises are at the time open to the public or the actor is licensed or privileged to enter.
(b) Defense.--It is a defense to prosecution for burglary that the building or structure was abandoned.
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), burglary is a felony of the first degree.
(2) If the building, structure or portion entered is not adapted for overnight accommodation and if no individual is present at the time of entry, burglary is a felony of the second degree.
(d) Multiple convictions.--A person may not be convicted both for burglary and for the offense which it was his intent to commit after the burglarious entry or for an attempt to commit that offense, unless the additional offense constitutes a felony of the first or second degree.