The criminal code of Canada states that breaking and entering into a building to commit an offence is a crime. Depending on the type of break and enter a person is charged with, the crime could be punishable by life in prison.
Anyone who enters a dwelling house without permission for the purpose of committing an offence (such as theft) could be charged with breaking and entering. This applies whether or not the occupants are present during the break and enter. An individual could be charged with a break and enter on non-residential buildings as well. The penalty for breaking and entering non-residential buildings has a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment whereas for a home the maximum penalty is life imprisonment.
A break and enter case not only carries prison time, but it could have a negative impact on your life going forward. You may not be able to travel if you have been convicted of a break and enter. Employers may refuse to hire you if this offense is listed on your record. Your reputation within the community could also be ruined if you are convicted of a break and enter.
If you have been charged with a break and enter, contact the Law Office of Kalina & Tejpal immediately. We are lawyers with the experience, skills, and knowledge necessary to handle your case. We will work hard to ensure your rights are protected, and that you receive the best defense possible.