What Is Second Degree Burglary?

Second degree burglary is a criminal charge often considered a lesser charge than first degree burglary. However, the exact requirements and sentences for second degree burglary vary based on individual state laws.

In the state of New York, second degree burglary involves an individual entering a building with the intent to commit a crime. The individual, or another person participating in the crime, either causes physical injury to a victim; is armed with a deadly weapon or explosives; threatens to use the weapon or explosives; actually uses the weapon or explosives; or displays a firearm. This is considered a class C felony in New York.