Break and Enter is a serious criminal offence that involves an attempt to trespass or an actual trespass onto the property of another individual with the intention of committing an indictable offence. It is treated as a particularly severe offence in sentencing given the intrusion onto the private property of the victim(s). Michael is a Toronto Break and Enter lawyer that can help you achieve the best possible result in serious cases such as these. Break and Enter offences are regularly laid and most commonly contain the criminal objective of stealing someone’s personal property, be it domestic, commercial or retail. The vast majority of break & enter charges occur when the victim(s) are not present, which suggest a certain level of premeditation and planning. The most severe form of break & enter occurs when the suspect knows the victim(s) will be present at the location, this is known as a “home invasion” and will result in a longer term of incarceration upon conviction.
Section 348 of the Criminal Code of Canada defines Breaking and Entering as:
348. (1) Every one who
(a) breaks and enters a place with intent to commit an indictable offence therein,
(b) breaks and enters a place and commits an indictable offence therein, or
(c) breaks out of a place after
(i) committing an indictable offence therein, or
(ii) entering the place with intent to commit an indictable offence therein,
What is the Punishment for Breaking & Entering?
(d) if the offence is committed in relation to a dwelling-house, of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life, and
(e) if the offence is committed in relation to a place other than a dwelling-house, of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years or of an offence punishable on summary conviction.
Break & Enter is a very serious criminal offence that often results in jail time. Don’t take a chance with your future and call our office now for exceptional service, professionalism and results.