Burglary is defined as the crime of entering a building or vehicle with the intent of committing a felony, theft or assault.

Burglary includes:

  • Breaking into or entering property that you do not have permission to enter.
  • Staying on property longer than the time you are permitted to be there.
  • Legally entering a business during regular business hours, but remaining in the building after closing time with the intent of stealing money or merchandise.
  • Aggravated Burglary involves entering a habitation
  • Especially Aggravated Burglary is burglary of a building or habitation when serious bodily injury is inflicted on the victim.

If you face burglary charges, the consequences will be serious without the advice and experience of a qualified lawyer. James R. Owen and his team will make sure you get the best defense.

Penalties for Burglary in Tennessee

Burglary is broken into three categories – a conviction is always a felony.

  • Burglary of a vehicle is a Class E Felony and carries up to six (6) years in prison.
  • Burglary of a building, other than a habitation, is a Class D Felony and carries up to twelve (12) years in prison.
  • Burglary of a habitation is a Class C Felony and carries up to fifteen (15) years in prison.
  • Especially aggravated burglary is a Class B felony and carries up to thirty (30) years in prison.

Burglary convictions are serious. You do not want to face these charges without a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer. Contact James R. Owen and his team.  


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