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What is second degree burglary?

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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.

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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.

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