Property Crimes

Property crimes typically involve some form of interference with the property of another.  Although they may also involve physical or mental harm to another, they primarily result in depriving the owner of property or interfering with the owner’s use or enjoyment of property.  The most common types of property crimes in the State of Maryland are first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, rogue and vagabond, trespassing, and malicious destruction of property.  

All property crimes carry a possible jail sentence and/or a substantial fine.  And, some property crimes can result in a felony being on your record if you are convicted.  Therefore, it is important to take it seriously if you are charged with a property crime and get help from an experienced Baltimore County, MD criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to avoid a conviction on your record or minimize the potential collateral consequences of having a conviction on your record.

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Types of Property Crimes in Maryland

First-Degree Burglary

Burglary in the first degree is the breaking and entering into someone else’s dwelling or home with the intent to commit a theft or a crime of violence.  See Md. Code Criminal Law 6-202.  Breaking and entering into someone else’s dwelling or home with the intent to commit a theft is a felony that is punishable by up to 20 years of incarceration.  Breaking and entering into someone else’s dwelling or home with the intent to commit a crime of violence is a felony that is punishable by up to 25 years of incarceration. 

Second-Degree Burglary

Burglary in the second degree is the breaking and entering into someone else’s storehouse with the intent to commit a theft, a crime of violence, and/or an arson in the second degree or breaking and entering with the intent to steal a firearm.  See Md. Code Criminal Law 6-203.  Breaking and entering into someone else’s storehouse with the intent to commit a theft, a crime of violence, or an arson in the second degree is a felony punishable by up to 15 of incarceration.  Breaking and entering into someone else’s storehouse with the intent to steal a firearm is a felony punishable by up to 20 of incarceration and/or a fine of up to $10,000.00.

Third-Degree Burglary

Burglary in the third degree is the breaking and entering into someone else’s dwelling or house with the intent to commit any crime.  See Md. Criminal Law 6-204. Third-degree burglary is a felony that is punishable by up to 10 years of incarceration.  

Rogue and Vagabond

Rogue and vagabond is the breaking and entering the motor vehicle of another with the intent to commit a theft of the motor vehicle or property that is inside of the motor vehicle.  See Md. Criminal Law 6-206.  Rogue and vagabond is a misdemeanor crime that is punishable by up to three years of incarceration. 

Trespassing

There are two types of trespassing criminal offenses in the State of Maryland:  Wanton trespass and trespassing on posted property.

Wanton Trespass

Wanton trespass is committed when a person is present upon the property of another after being notified or given notice by the owner or a person under his or her authority (i.e., an agent) to keep off the premises and when there is no good faith claim of right to remain.  See Md. Criminal Law 6-403.  Wanton trespass is a misdemeanor crime.  For a first offense, the maximum possible penalty is a period of incarceration of up to 90 days and/or a fine of up to $500.00.  For a second offense, the maximum possible penalty is a period of incarceration of up to six months and/or a fine of up to $1,000.00 if the second offense occurred within two years from the first conviction.

Trespass - Posted Property

Trespassing on posted property occurs when someone enters the property of another without permission and a sign was posted on the property in an obvious manner warning against trespassing.  See Md. Code Criminal Law 6-402.  Trespassing on posted property is a misdemeanor offense.  For a first offense, the maximum possible penalty is a period of incarceration of up to 90 days of incarceration and/or a fine of up to $500.00.  For a second offense, the maximum possible penalty is up to 6 months of incarceration and/or a fine of up to $1,000.00 if the second offense occurred within two years after the first offense. 

Malicious Destruction of Property

Malicious destruction of property occurs when someone willfully and maliciously destroys, damages, or defaces someone else’s property without legal justification or excuse.  See Md. Code Criminal Law 6-301

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