Burglary is one of the most serious offences under the Criminal Code in Queensland. Section 419 makes it an offence to enter or be in the dwelling of another with intent to commit an indictable offence in that dwelling. Indictable offences are serious offences, including rape, assault, robbery and murder.

The maximum penalty is 14 years imprisonment. This increases to a maximum term of life imprisonment if the offender entered the dwelling by means of any break. They may also be liable to life imprisonment if the offence was committed at night, or violence is threatened or used, or if the defendant is or pretended to be armed with a dangerous weapon, is in company with 1 or more other people, or damages or threatens to damage any property.

If the person enters the dwelling and does in fact commit an indictable offence, they are liable to a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Robertson O’Gorman is experienced in providing legal advice regarding burglary and break and enter offences. Call us today on 3034 0000.