You could be charged with burglary even if a crime was not committed. For example, if the owner walked in before the crime was committed or if you entered someone’s car and simply moved personal belongings around.
Intent is a key aspect in any burglary case. First, the prosecution must establish intent as a basic element of committing a burglary. Burglary oftentimes involves a person entering another’s property or residence and taking something. What most people don’t realize is that under the burglary statute (720 ILCS 5/19-1), you can be charged with [...]
If a person enters a home and commits a felony or theft they will be charged with residential burglary (under 720 ILCS 5/19-3). Residential burglary is a very different situation from standard burglary and the law is much harsher. Residential burglary is a Class 1 felony, punishable by between 4-15 years in prison. It is [...]