Unlike other theft crimes such as shoplifting or robbery, burglary combines theft with unlawful entry or presence in a building. A person can only face charges of burglary if it can be proven that they illegally entered or remained in a building with the intent of committing a crime inside. Common cases of burglary involve breaking and entering a shop, building, or residential home in order to commit a theft crime inside.
Burglary can be committed in one of two degrees under the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS). Burglary in the second degree (ORS § 164.215) is committed when a person "enters or remains unlawfully in a building with the intent to commit a crime therein." As a class C felony, it is punishable by a prison term of up to five years and a maximum fine of $125,000. Burglary in the first degree is the same, but also involves being armed with a burglary tool; causing physical injury; and/or using or threatening to use a dangerous weapon. This crime is a Class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $325,000.
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