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Breaking and Entering

Breaking and Entering charges can be more complex than you may realise. Because these charges fall under the Criminal Code they are strictly prosecuted, and sentencing can be severe. Those without experienced legal counsel could face stricter sentencing than those with proper representation.

Break and enter is the offence of entering a property with the intention to commit a crime. In Canada, entering a property or area is enough to face conviction, even if no further offence is committed. Additionally, break and enter does not have to include the destruction of property, simply entering the premise, even through an open door, is enough to meet the charge. Sentencing for break and enter convictions are dependent on the details of the offence including the property where the offence occurred. Breaking into a residential dwelling can carry a sentence of life in prison, while breaking and entering into a non-residential property carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. In both circumstances, additional charges and penalties can be added depending on the details of the offence.

No matter the circumstance of your charges, it is important to remember that an arrest does not guarantee a conviction. The assumption of innocence is an essential layer of Canadian Law and any accused person has legal rights designed to protect them. If you have been arrested for breaking and entering you have the right to a bail hearing within 24 hours depending on justice availability, and you cannot be denied bail without just cause.

No matter the situation, Norton Law is here to protect you. Steve Norton is a trained litigator experienced in bail negotiation and criminal defence. He never backs down from a legal fight and has built his reputation by defending his clients every step of the way.

No matter the circumstances of your charge, Steve Norton is always your best defence.


Steve has always had an interest in defending those in their time of need. As a Criminal Defense and Litigation Lawyer, he takes great pride in passionately advocating for his clients and embraces a hard-won fight. Learn More about Steve

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