Criminal Burglary Laws Virginia Maryland Massachusetts

Burglary also called breaking and entering is a crime in Virginia, Maryland & Massachusetts.

The essence of burglary is entry into a building for the purposes of committing an offence.


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The following are some of the laws in VA, MD & MA:


  • § 18.2-89. Burglary; how punished.

If any person break and enter the dwelling house of another in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony or any larceny therein, he shall be guilty of burglary, punishable as a Class 3 felony; provided, however, that if such person was armed with a deadly weapon at the time of such entry, he shall be guilty of a Class 2 felony.

  • Md. CRIMINAL LAW Code Ann.§ 6-202. Burglary in the first degree.

(a)  Prohibited.- A person may not break and enter the dwelling of another with the intent to commit theft or a crime of violence.

(b)  Penalty.- A person who violates this section is guilty of the felony of burglary in the first degree and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 20 years.

  • ALM GL ch. 266, § 15.  Unarmed Burglary.

Whoever breaks and enters a dwelling house in the night time, with the intent mentioned in the preceding section, or, having entered with such intent, breaks such dwelling house in the night time, the offender not being armed, nor arming himself in such house, with a dangerous weapon, nor making an assault upon a person lawfully therein, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than twenty years and, if he shall have been previously convicted of any crime named in this or the preceding section, for not less than five years.