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Two Suspects Break in to Luxury Atlanta Apartment

Posted by Richard Lawson | Aug 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

According to reports out of Atlanta, two suspects allegedly broke into a luxury apartment last week at Atlanta Station.

The two suspects have yet to be caught or arrested. The reports show that the suspects knocked on the door the apartment, then before the resident could answer, they smashed through the door's lock with a crowbar.

The two men entered the home and forced the resident to the ground while pointing handguns at him.

They allegedly got scared and abandoned their plans, quickly fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle.

Authorities are asking for any tips to be reported immediately to Stop Crime ATL.

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the offense of forcing entry also known by law as burglary.

Burglary in Georgia

Burglary in Georgia is defined in the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §16-7-1. The law separates the offense into two different degrees and is as follows…

First degree burglary is outlined by law as:

A person commits the offense of burglary in the first degree when, without authority and with the intent to commit a felony or theft therein, he or she enters or remains within an occupied, unoccupied, or vacant dwelling house of another or any building, vehicle, railroad car, watercraft, aircraft, or other such structure designed for use as the dwelling of another. A person who commits the offense of burglary in the first degree shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years. Upon the second conviction for burglary in the first degree, the defendant shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than two nor more than 20 years. Upon the third and all subsequent convictions for burglary in the first degree, the defendant shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than five nor more than 25 years.

Second degree burglary is outlined by law as:

A person commits the offense of burglary in the second degree when, without authority and with the intent to commit a felony or theft therein, he or she enters or remains within an occupied, unoccupied, or vacant building, structure, vehicle, railroad car, watercraft, or aircraft. A person who commits the offense of burglary in the second degree shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years. Upon the second and all subsequent convictions for burglary in the second degree, the defendant shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than eight years.

Practice Note

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