The minimum sentence for a burglary conviction depends on the circumstances of the case and the state in which the sentence is issued. Sentences range from probation to 20 years or more in prison. A burglary conviction may also attract fines ranging from less than $1,000 to more than $100,000, according to Criminal Defense Lawyer.
Misdemeanor burglary convictions can attract criminal fines or sentences of up to one year in a county jail, notes Legal Match. Felony burglary charges attract increased criminal fines and sentences of more than one year in a federal prison. Each state has its set of guidelines for sentencing each type of burglary charge. In New York, sentences for burglary charges range between one and 25 years depending on the severity of the case.
A court decides the sentence for each burglary charge by considering the nature of the property broken into, the time of day the crime was committed, the seriousness of the crime, and the criminal history of the burglar, explains Legal Match. Nighttime and repeat offenders get stiffer sentences than daytime and first-time offenders. The court may also consider the intentions of the burglar and character testimonies before passing a sentence. Some courts sentence burglars to reformation programs such as house arrest, mandatory community service and rehabilitation programs.