Under South Carolina law, there are several different degrees of burglary, each of which carries different penalties. The severity of the crime depends on the type of structure that was entered and the circumstances surrounding the crime.
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South Carolina Burglary Laws
First-degree burglary is the most serious form of the crime and involves breaking and entering into a dwelling (a house or apartment) with the intent to commit a crime. This offense is punishable by up to life in prison. This can be charged if the break-in occurs at night, if someone was injured, or if the person accused was armed.
Second-degree burglary involves breaking and entering into a building or other structure that is not a dwelling, such as a store or office, with the intent to commit a crime. This offense is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Third-degree burglary involves simply entering a building or other structure without breaking and with the intent to commit a crime. This offense is punishable by up to five years in prison.