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What is Burglary in Louisiana?

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What is Burglary in Louisiana?

What is Burglary in Louisiana?

Criminal charges for the intention to commit burglary can result in severe penalties, including restitution, jail time, and fines. We will now summarize the burglary offense and possible penalties. Contrary to robbery, burglary is generally a non-confrontational offense with few witnesses. Louisiana law defines burglary as the unauthorized entry of any structure intending to commit a crime or steal therein. Burglary can take many forms, including unauthorized entry with intent to steal or commit a felony. The Louisiana law includes the following types of burglary offenses:

Simple Burglary

Louisiana law says that La. R.S. R.S. 14:60. Simple burglary refers to the unauthorized entry of any dwelling, vehicle or watercraft or any other structure, movable and immovable, as well as any cemetery with the intent of committing a felony or any theft.

A Simple Burglary for an Inhabited House

According to La., Simple Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling. SS R.S. 14:62.2 is the unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, apartment, or other structure that has been used as a place of abode or home by someone or persons with intent to commit a crime or theft.

Aggravated Burglary

Under Louisiana, La. R.S. R.S. 16:60. Aggravated burglary refers to the unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling or any structure, watercraft, or movable where a human being is present with the intent of committing a felony, theft, or both. If the alleged offender is found to be in any of these circumstances,

  1. The offender is equipped with a deadly weapon
  2. If the offender is armed with a deadly weapon after entering,
  3. Any person is subject to the battery if the offender does so.

Unauthorized Entry to a Critical Infrastructure

According to La. R.S. R.S. Important infrastructure refers to places such as chemical manufacturing plants, pipelines, electrical transmission substations and oil refineries.

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Looting

Looting refers to the deliberate entry of a dwelling, structure, or other property belonging to another party. It can be used in whole or part as a place of abode, home, or business. La. R.S. R.S. 14:62.5 states that an entry must be made when normal property security is compromised by a hurricane, flood, or fire.

Home Invasion

La. R.S. R.S. 14:62.8 refers to the unauthorized entry of any inhabited dwelling, other structure, and use in whole or part as a place of abode, home, or residence, by a person with an intent to use force, violence, or vandalize or deface the property of another.

What are the Criminal Fines and Jail Time for Burglary?

Criminals convicted of burglary offenses may be found guilty depending on the nature and extent of the crime. These are the penalties for burglary in various forms:

Simple Burglary

Louisiana Revised Statutes Section 14.62 provides that a person who commits simple burglary will not be subject to a fine exceeding two thousand dollars and must serve a minimum of twelve years in prison with or without hard work, or both.

The same Subsection allows the offender to be sentenced further if they are armed. The offender who commits the crime of simple burglary is armed or has a firearm after entering the premises, shall be sentenced to a minimum of three years and a maximum of twelve years.

Aggravated Burglary

Under La. R.S. R.S. 14:60. Anyone convicted of aggravated burglary will be sentenced to hard labor for under one or more than thirty years.

A Simple Burglary for an Inhabited House

La R.S. 14:16.2 (B), states that anyone convicted of simple burglary in an inhabited dwelling shall serve a minimum of one year and a maximum of 12 years imprisonment.

Home Invasion

A home invasion is a common type of burglary. R.S. 62.8 provides that anyone who commits the crime of home invasion will not be subject to a fine exceeding $5,000 and shall be held in hard labor for no more than one year or 30 years.

Unauthorized Entry to a Critical Infrastructure

Unauthorized entry to critical infrastructure can result in a sentence of 5 years imprisonment, with or without hard labor, and a fine up to $ 1000, or both.

Looting

Persons convicted of looting could face up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Looting committed in a state emergency declared by a governor, C.E.O. Any parish can be punished with a minimum $5,000 fine up to $10,000 and hard labor for a minimum period of 3-15 years.

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A criminal defense attorney can provide legal counsel and support in cases where someone you love is facing Louisiana burglary charges.

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