Fresno has been affected by the real estate collapse, and the subsequent crimes that occur thereafter. Due to this, many homes are left vacant. Burglary of inhabited dwelling carries a harsh sentence of prison. However, if the home was not then inhabited, the charges or sentence may be much less severe. If you have been charged with burglary, you may need the advice of a Criminal Defense Lawyer.
PC 459 Acts constituting Burglary; "Inhabited" Defined.
Every person who enters any house, room, apartment, tenement, shop, warehouse, store, mill, barn, stable, outhouse or other building, tent, vessel, as defined in Section 21 of the Harbor and Navigation Code, floating home, as defined in subdivision (d) of Section 18075.55 of the health and Safety code, railroad car, locked or sealed cargo container, whether or not mounted on a vehicle, trailer coach, as defined in Section 635 of the Vehicle code, any house car, as defined in Section 362 of the Vehicle code, inhabited camper, as defined in Section 243 of the Vehicle Code, vehicle as defined by the Vehicle Code when the doors are locked, aircraft as defined by Section 21012 of the Public Utilities code, or mine or any underground portion thereof, with intent to commit grand or petit larceny or any felony is guilty of burglary. As used in this chapter, "inhabited" means currently being used for dwelling purposes, whether occupied or not. A house, trailer, vessel designed for habitation, or portion of a building is currently being used for dwelling purposes if, at the time of the burglary, it was not occupied solely because a natural or other disaster caused the occupants to leave the premises. Return to Theft Crimes