Generally speaking, burglary, as defined under Cal. Penal Code Section 459, is the act of entering into a building with the intention of stealing property or committing another felony. A burglary conviction can result in incarceration, significant fines, and a permanent criminal record. Under California law, entering into a building with the intent to commit a theft or some other felony is classified as Burglary.
Commercial or Second Degree Burglary
All other burglaries of cars and businesses are classified as Second Degree Burglary. These auto or commercial burglaries of a store or auto are charged as misdemeanors but can be charged as a felony. Second Degree Burglary is often charged in connection with shoplifting charges. Second Degree Commercial Burglary can be charged if a shoplifter is caught with scissors or some cutting tool used to remove price tags.
Defending Burglary Charges
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