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

What helps a country and a society thrive, sustain, and live in peace? The answer to this question is that only a safe and secure feeling in the minds of the citizens can alone help in achieving these aims. Though governments are making all-out efforts by enacting various types of legislation for ensuring the safety and security of citizens, it cannot be said that they have completely prohibited crimes.

At the same time, the purposeful efforts of the lawmakers cannot be under-estimated because they keep monitoring the changing circumstances and are bringing out new laws and amendments for tackling the new ideas and strategies adopted by evil-minded criminals who commit crimes and more particularly, the crime of burglary.

Mississippi burglary laws

According to Mississippi burglary law, burglary is defined as a crime in which a person breaks into a structure and enters it with the intention of committing a crime. The police do not care if the defendant succeeds in his or her aim of stealing any item or valuable.

Mississippi Burglary Laws
The key element of the charge leveled against the defendant is that he or she has intended to commit such a crime. In other words, the intention of the defendant is what motivates him or her to enter the structure. In short, the key components of the crime of burglary are the intent of the perpetrator and his or her entry into the structure.

This being the case, the onus of responsibility of proving these elements lies on the prosecutor if he or she wants to get the perpetrator of the crime convicted.

Illegal entry to a property

Illegal entry into a structure is an important element in a burglary charge. If a person does not have the required permission to enter a home, building, or any other applicable structure but manages to venture into these places, he or she is committing an illegal act and this act forms a key part of a burglary crime.

Burglary Laws Mississippi

The intention of committing a felony or theft

This is another key component for charging a perpetrator who has been alleged to have committed a burglary. Though the intention of committing a crime may be difficult to prove, the fact remains that the prosecutor has to prove this key component as well for getting the defendant convicted.

What does Mississippi burglary law say about a person who is in possession of tools that can be used for committing burglary?

A number of states consider possession of tools that can be used for committing a burglary as a criminal offense. If a person is in possession of tools or objects that can be adapted, commonly used, or designed for forcing entry into doors or for accessing vaults, he is committing a misdemeanor. It can be considered a felony as well in rare circumstances dependent upon a number of various other factors. 

What is the punishment meted out to a person who is in possession of such tools?

The punishment meted out to a person who is in possession of tools that can be used for committing a burglary crime is jail term for a period not exceeding 1 year or imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years.

Some of the tools that can be used for committing a burglary crime are explosives, lock picks, bolt cutters, master keys, crowbar, and those tools that can burn through concrete or steel.

Burglary Laws
Since some of the day-to-day items can also be used by very clever and evil-minded burglars for committing the crime of burglary, it may be difficult to prove the intentions of a defendant who is in possession of such tools.

Punishments for burglary crimes as per Mississippi burglary laws

  • For a burglary crime committed on a dwelling, the punishment is confinement in Penitentiary for a period between 3 and 25 years.
  • For a burglary committed in a Church, the punishment is confinement for a period not exceeding 14 years in Penitentiary.
  • For a burglary committed on an auto or a non-dwelling, the punishment is confinement up to a period of 7 years in Penitentiary
  • For committing burglary by using dangerous items such as explosives, the perpetrator will get a punishment of confinement for a period between 5 and 40 years in Penitentiary.

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