Were you arrested or are you the suspect in a burglary investigation in Shreveport-Bossier, or a surrounding area? If there is evidence that you entered property without permission with the intent to commit a crime, you could face felony charges and severe penalties, including fines, restitution, and jail time.
As a criminal defense attorney, Ebonee Norris has spent years advocating for the rights of defendants across Louisiana, and she possesses the experience you’ll want on your side, if you’re facing burglary charges. It is always our goal to achieve the best outcome possible for our clients. Don’t hesitate to contact our office right away.
Burglary in Louisiana is defined as unauthorized entry into any structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft therein. The third chapter to Part III in Title 14 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes is dedicated to the multiple burglary offenses.
The alleged intent to commit theft is a critical element of a burglary crime because “mens rea” (Latin for a “guilty mind”) must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
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It is important to first note that burglary is not the same as robbery. Both crimes have distinct elements. Robbery is the taking of property through fear, intimidation, or force, and usually is a confrontational crime where the victim has direct interaction with the perpetrator. Burglary is usually a non-confrontational crime, which means that there are rarely witnesses to the crime, and the prosecution will need to bring strong evidence and not rely on false accusations or a mistaken identity to make their case.
Simple burglary is defined under Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:62 as the unauthorized entering of any dwelling, watercraft, vehicle, or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or any theft therein.
Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:62.2 establishes that a person commits simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling when they enter an inhabited dwelling, house, apartment, or other structure used as a home or place of abode without authorization and with the intent to commit a felony or any theft therein.
Under Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:62.3, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling is intentional entering without authorization into an inhabited dwelling or other structure used as a home or place of abode. Unauthorized entry of a place of business under Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:62.4 is the intentional entry without authority into any structure or onto any premises belonging to another party completely enclosed by a physical barrier at least six feet in height or a combination of any type of physical barrier at least six feet in height and a body of water that is used in whole or in part as a place of business. Both of these crimes do not involve any burden to prove criminal intent to commit a felony or theft.
A person commits aggravated burglary under Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:60 when they enter of an inhabited dwelling or structure without authorization and with the intent to commit a felony or any theft therein, and the alleged offender is armed with a dangerous weapon, arms themselves with a dangerous weapon, or commits battery upon any person.
Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:61 establishes that a person commits unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure when they enter without authority any structure or any premises belonging to another party constituting a critical infrastructure completely enclosed by some kind of physical barrier, use or attempt to use fraudulent documents for identification purposes to enter a critical infrastructure, stay on or in the premises of a critical infrastructure after having been forbidden to do so, or intentionally enter into the restricted area of a critical infrastructure marked as restricted or limited access and completely enclosed by a physical barrier. Critical infrastructures include places like chemical manufacturing plants, oil refineries, and water intake facilities.
Looting is defined under Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:62.5 as a person intentionally entering any dwelling or other structure belonging to another party and used in whole or in part as a home or place of abode or place of business without authorization when normal security of the property is not present by virtue of some kind of natural disaster, such as a hurricane, flood, or fire.
Similarly, Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:62.7 establishes that a person commits the crime of unauthorized entry of a dwelling during an emergency or disaster if they intentionally enter without authorization any dwelling or other structure belonging to another party used as a home or place of abode located in a parish where the governor has declared a disaster or emergency.
Louisiana Revised Statute § 14:62.8 establishes that the unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling or other structure belonging to another party used in whole or in part as a home or place of abode with the intent to use force or violence upon that person or to vandalize, deface, or damage the property, where a person is present, constitutes the offense of home invasion.
A conviction for simple burglary can result in a sentence of imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to 12 years and/or a fine of up to $2,000. Simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor a minimum of 1 year up to 12 years. Aggravated burglary is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor a minimum of 1 year up to 30 years.
Unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and unauthorized entry of a place of business are both punishable by imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to six years and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure conviction is punishable by imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to 5 years and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Looting is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for up to 15 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000. When a looting crime is committed during a state of emergency declared by the governor or the chief executive officer of any parish, a conviction is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for a minimum of 3 years up to 15 years and/or a minimum fine of $5,000 up to $10,000.
Unauthorized entry of a dwelling during an emergency or disaster conviction is punishable by a sentence of imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to 1 year and/or a fine of up to $1,500. Home invasion is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor for not less than 1 year nor more than 30 years and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
If you or a loved one has been charged with burglary in Shreveport-Bossier City, or a surrounding area, you should immediately seek the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Ebonee Norris can provide the qualified and skilled legal counsel you deserve.
Ebonee Norris is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Bond Lawyers, Shreveport Bar Association, Bossier Parish Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, and Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Call (318) 771-7000 or contact us online to receive a confidential consultation.
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