What is Break and Enter?
Break and Enter charges are very complex and involve many variables.
Generally, Break and Enter charges relate to residential homes or commercial places of business. The offence involves the accused entering into a place with the intention of committing an indictable offence.
In spite of what the name suggests, one need not actually “break” or force entry to be charged with this criminal offence. Indeed, walking through an open door has been held to constitute a “Break and Enter.” Moreover, a conviction is not contingent upon any damage to the property entered.
Break and Enters are generally committed by people attempting to steal property. By doing so, they commit the indictable offence of Theft while Breaking and Entering. If an accused does not have the intention to commit an indictable offence, but unlawfully enters a premise, he or she may be committing other offences in the Criminal Code.
It is imperative to have an experienced lawyer represent your rights. Break and Enter is a serious criminal offence, with severe potential penalties.
Caramanna, Friedberg LLP has successfully represented countless of Break and Enter cases. Contact us 24/7 to find out how we can ensure you have the most comprehensive defence possible.
See also our section on robbery and theft