The charge of Burglary is the entry of a building or occupied structure, without license or privilege to enter, with the intent to commit a crime therein. In Pennsylvania, the crime of Burglary is usually charged as a felony of the second degree, with a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, or a felony of the first degree, with a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. In New Jersey, the crime of Burglary can either be a third degree crime, carrying a potential prison sentence between 3 and 5 years, or a second degree crime, carrying a potential prison sentence between 5 and 10 years.
The crime of Criminal Trespass is closely related to the crime of Burglary, and is often charged as a lesser-included offense. In both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Trespass also carries potential jail time.
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