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at common lawcommon law,
system of law that prevails in England and in countries colonized by England. The name is derived from the medieval theory that the law administered by the king's courts represented the common custom of the realm, as opposed to the custom of local jurisdiction that
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, the breaking and entering of a dwelling house of another at night with the intent to commit a felonyfelony
, any grave crime, in contrast to a misdemeanor, that is so declared in statute or was so considered in common law. In early English law a felony was a heinous act that canceled the perpetrator's feudal rights and forfeited his lands and goods to the king, thus depriving
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, whether the intent is carried out or not. This definition has been generally adopted with some modifications in the criminal law of the various states of the United States. At common law burglary is primarily an offense against the security of habitation, not against the property as such, but today by statute burglary usually includes breaking into places other than dwellings. Breaking as well as entering is essential to commission of the crime; to constitute a breaking, the use of physical force is necessary and sufficient, even though the amount of force may be slight, e.g., turning a key, opening a partly closed window, pushing out a windowpane. Entry through fraudfraud,
in law, willful misrepresentation intended to deprive another of some right. The offense, generally only a tort, may also constitute the crime of false pretenses. Frauds are either actual or constructive.
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 (as by posing as a guest), through threatthreat,
in law, declaration of intent to injure another by doing an unlawful act, with a view to restraining his freedom of action. A threat is distinguishable from an assault, for an assault requires some physical act that appears likely to eventuate in violence, whereas a
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, or through conspiracyconspiracy,
in law, agreement of two or more persons to commit a criminal or otherwise unlawful act. At common law, the crime of conspiracy was committed with the making of the agreement, but present-day statutes require an overt step by a conspirator to further the conspiracy.
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 with servants is deemed by the law equivalent to breaking and is called "constructive breaking." By statute most states do not restrict burglary to action at night, as the common law does. Burglary under common law requires that the intent be to commit a felony, but some statutes declare that the intent need only be "to commit some crime." See robberyrobbery,
in law, felonious taking of property from a person against his will by threatening or committing force or violence. The injury or threat may be directed against the person robbed, his property, or the person or property of his relative or of anyone in his presence at
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burglary

English criminal law the crime of either entering a building as a trespasser with the intention of committing theft, rape, grievous bodily harm, or damage, or, having entered as a trespasser, of committing one or more of these offences
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Four defendants appeared in the dock before Judge Robert Bartfield on Friday, when Adams - formerly of Redland Drive, Hull - admitted conspiracy to burgle, plus two separate offences of dangerous driving and theft of a JCB.
I am very clear that people who repeatedly burgle should be sent to prison.
BEIRUT: One man was killed and another wounded Thursday in an exchange of fire with security forces as a group of men attempted to burgle a Mount Lebanon home.
Mark Witherall's son, also named Mark, died on March 7 last year, five weeks after he was attacked outside his home in Whitstable, Kent, as he tried to chase away a group of youths who had tried to burgle him.
Gizella "Flying Gizi" Kosztor, who made her name in burglary in the 1950s by using cheap flights to fly from Budapest to rural towns to burgle homes and then catch the evening flight back, was apparently nabbed recently when she took the train home from a job in Encs.
CHARGES of conspiracy to burgle against Lambourn trainer Kim Bailey are to be heard on June 1.
The four were given jail sentences in December last year after admitting conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to steal charges at Newcastle Crown Court.
OUR judiciary system must be the joke of the world, when you get a judge like Peter Bowers practically praising Richard Rochford for having the "courage" to burgle.
A TEENAGE boy is believed to have been stabbed to death as he tried to burgle a house.
He pleaded guilty to trying to steal a chainsaw from B&Q and burgling a home on Sunstar Grove, Marton, Middlesbrough He also admitted attempting to burgle another home on the same street with intent to steal.
Lewis Parry, 23, was jailed for 10 years for his role in a gang which trawled North Wales, Merseyside and Lancashire to burgle homes.
Copter swoops on pair TWO men, arrested near a stolen car, were believed to have been attempting to burgle Huddersfield homes.