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

Under Connecticut laws, burglary crime involves entering a residence or a building with a motive of committing a crime. A residence or a dwelling is a place where people reside at night. On the other hand, ‘a building’ is a used as a broad term to include structures, vehicles, aircraft, sleeping car, watercraft and trailer among others which possess a legal occupancy certificate.

Burglary in Connecticut is a punishable offense and is categorized into five sections depending on the conduct of the defendant.

A first-degree punishment is accorded to the defendant when:

  • A person enters and stays in a building or residence without permission with an intent to commit a crime. If he possesses deadly and dangerous instruments or explosives.
  • After entering and staying in the building or residence and knowing, intentionally or recklessly harms the inmates.
  • A person illegally enters and stays in a building or residence with the intent of committing a crime.
Connecticut Burglary Laws

The first-degree burglary is considered a Class B felony. And if the person is armed at the time of committing the crime, he has to serve a minimum 5-year sentence.

In the second-degree burglary, a person enters a dwelling at night to commit a crime or enters a dwelling when it is occupied. There is also a second-degree category with a firearm, wherein the person commits a second-degree burglary by using a pistol, rifle, revolver, shotgun, machine gun or any other firearm.

The person committing the crime might use these firearms, display them and threaten, representing or conducting a way that represents that the person is armed with a firearm. 

Burglary Laws Connecticut

The second-degree burglary is considered a Class C felony. Punishments of a second-degree burglary with a firearm are more severe even though it is considered as a Class C felony.

A third-degree burglary involves a person committing a crime by entering a dwelling and continuing to remain in the dwelling with the permission of the inmates (illegally) with the intention of committing a crime there. The third-degree burglary is a Class D felony in the Connecticut laws.

The third-degree burglary with a firearm section involves a person committing a third-degree burglary and is using, is armed and is threatening with the use of, displaying or conducting that he possesses, or representing with words that he possesses a pistol, rifle, revolver, shotgun, machine gun or any other firearm with an intent to commit a crime. This again constitutes a Class D felony.

Burglary Laws

Punishments for burglary in Connecticut

The punishments for each classification of burglary crime committed in Connecticut are explained in the following paragraph.

An execution or life imprisonment is issued for a capital felony. A person committing a Class A felony with a crime involving murder is sentenced for a jail term from a minimum of 25 years up to a maximum of 60 years, a fine of up to $20,000, or both. Crime involving Class A felony alone sentences a person for a minimum of 10 years up to 25 years, fine of $20,000, or both.

A person found guilty of committing a Class B felony is sentenced from 1-20 years, or a fine of $15,000, or both. Punishment for a Class C felony involves sentence term of 1-10 years, fine of $10,000, or both. And, Class D felony punishment involves a sentence for a minimum 1 year up to 5 years, fine of $2,000, or both. 

A person found guilty of simple trespassing may be punished with a fine and may not be granted a jail sentence. However, criminal trespass is a serious crime, and the person may be sentenced up to 12 months in jail and a fine up to $2,000 is collected.

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