What will happen if I break in to someones apartment to put their garbage back?

I didn’t take anything. No one was home. The garbage sat outside their door and was stinking up the entire apartment building.

Asked on July 12, 2012 under Criminal Law, Iowa

Answers:

Kevin Bessant / Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Breaking and Entering is anytime you attempt to break into someones home/dwelling/property and then enter into the property without the owners permission, regardless of your intent, and regardless of whether you took something or not. This is not a burglary because no items were stolen, but is can still be considered a breaking and entering because you would have to more than likely open a locked door or open a closed door and enter the property without the consent of the owner of the property.


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