Breaking & Entering Lawyer in Calgary
Breaking and entering in Alberta is a serious charge. If you’ve been charged with B&E or a home invasion, you should contact a qualified criminal lawyer with years of experience defending breaking and entering charges in Calgary.
What is Breaking & Entering?
A person who is guilty of breaking and entering (B&E) would be anyone who breaks and enters a place with the intent of committing an indictable offence or does commit an indictable offence after breaking and entering, or anyone who breaks out of a place after intending to or committing an offence.
Breaking and entering applies to both home domiciles and commercial places of business, but can include many other places as well. Accurately put, breaking and entering covers the unlawful entry of private property for the sake of committing an indictable offense.
Despite the name, breaking and entering does not require that the accused actually break anything to enter private property. In certain cases simply entering private property (i.e. entering an opened front door) is considered breaking and entering.
Breaking and entering does not require a person to commit any property damage. It doesn’t even require that a person fully enter a residence or place of business. In some circumstances, entrance, even by a single limb, such as an arm or leg, is considered breaking and entering.
Place Covered by B&E
- home residences
- industrial complex
- business grounds
Possession of instruments for breaking into coin-operated or currency exchange devices
Every one who, without lawful excuse, the proof of which lies on him, has in his possession any instrument suitable for breaking into a coin-operated device or a currency exchange device, under circumstances that give rise to a reasonable inference that the instrument has been used or is or was intended to be used for breaking into a coin-operated device or a currency exchange device, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.
If you’ve been charged with breaking and entering or home invasion, it’s important you contact a qualified criminal defense lawyer . Dunn & Associates has years of experience fighting for the rights of their clients. Contact us now.