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What is the Law on Burglary in Arizona and What are the Punishments for it?

It is often said that successful burglars are like chameleons because they have to change their strategies as well as plans according to the sudden changes that stare on their face at the time of carrying out the criminal act. At the same time, it must be said that lawmakers have been doing a good job as well.

They view things through the prism of the criminals and enact suitable laws for prohibiting the crime. Let us now look at the law on burglary in Arizona as well as the punishments that may be awarded to those who brazenly carry out this crime. 

Real-life burglaries are not as dramatic as those that are seen in movies. In other words, apart from being non-dramatic, they seem to be straightforward acts or incidents. If a person unlawfully enters a property with an intention to carry out theft or commit a felony, this act is considered a burglary crime.

Arizona Burglary Laws

But if a defendant thinks that he or she can escape from the clutches of law if he or she commits a felony or theft without breaking into a dwelling or a dwelling house at night, he cannot be more wrong. This is because the burglary laws of the state of Arizona cover a very wide range of such conducts or activities.

If a person walks through the open doors of a home or a building even during the broad daylight, he or she is said to have committed burglary. Even if a person is in possession of tools that are generally used in a burglary crime, it is also considered an offense.

Definitions according to Burglary Laws of Arizona


A structure, according to Arizona burglary laws, has been defined as any type of vending machine, or any type of building, vehicle, object, place, or a railroad car with a floor and sides. But it should be separately securable from other structures and it should be used for business, lodging, transportation, storage, or recreation.

Burglary Laws Arizona


An entry is defined as an Intrusion of part or parts of an instrument or a part of a body of a person into a unit of a property or a structure. Such an intrusion to the inside of the structure or the unit of a property should happen through their external boundaries.

Residential structure

Any movable structure or immovable structure, regardless of whether it is temporary or permanent and regardless of whether the structure is occupied or remains unoccupied, that is used as a human residence or as lodging is categorized as a residential structure.

Classifications of burglaries as per Arizona laws and punishments thereof.

1. The first-degree burglary that belongs to the residential category is an offense that comes under the classification of Class 2 Felony. This attracts imprisonment of terms between 7 years and 21 years.

2. The first-degree burglary that belongs to the commercial category has been put under Class 3 Felony. The punishment for this offense is imprisonment for a term between 2 years and 7 years. 

Burglary Laws Arizona

3. The second-degree burglary has been classified under Class 3 Felony and the defendant who commits this crime will be awarded imprisonment for a duration between 2 years and 8.75 years. Of course, the sentencing will vary according to the violence involved in the offense. If there is no violence in the offense, the imprisonment will be for a shorter duration. On the other hand, violent offenses will attract imprisonment for a longer term. 

4. The Third-Degree burglary comes under Class 4 Felony and the defendant will get imprisonment for a term ranging between 1 year and 3.75 years.

5. If the defendant is in possession of burglary tools, the offense comes under the category of Class 6 Felony. This offense will attract imprisonment for a term the duration of which will range between 4 months and 2 years.

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