Before we get into Burglary Degrees we have to understand what burglary is.
Burglary is defined as 1. you entered a building, room, locked vehicle. and 2. When you entered the building, room, locked vehicle, you intended to commit theft or commit other felonies. You do not actually have to commit the theft, only that you had the intent to.
Just like robbery burglary degrees is divided in two. 1st degree burglary will receive more/harsher punishments than 2nd degree will. In order to be charged with 1st degree burglary you have to meet certain conditions. You can be charged with it if you committed burglary in an inhabited dwelling such as a house, trailer, floating home, part of a building such as an apartment. In short, structures where people are living in, also considered as residential burglary are considered 1st degree. A house/trailer/part of a building is inhabited if someone uses it as as shelter or dwelling regardless of whether they’re in it or not. this means that if they had to leave their shelter, house, building, due to a natural disaster or because some other disaster made them leave temporarily. It is still considered inhabited. It is only no inhabited if the former residents have moved out and do not intend to return. So what does this mean. Most privately owned shelters such as houses, trailers, ships, etc.. are the targets of burglary you looking at burglary of the 1st degree. All other types of burglaries are considered second degree.
Punishments for both types.
1st Degree burglary is always a felony. You can see up to 6 years in prison for this act and wil add a strike to your three strike record. For second degree burglary it is a wobbler. This means it can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on your history and the facts of the case. As a misdemeanor you can see up to a year in jail . As a felony you could see up to 3 years.