Today, Robert Downey, Jr. is one of today's biggest box office stars, even rivaling box office kings Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise. However, there was a time when he was notorious for stumbling into the wrong house, allegedly on one of those nights when he had a drink too many. While the actor has wonderfully recovered from the mishap, forcing your way into a property that is not yours – sober or otherwise – can actually lead to a breaking and entering charge in North Carolina.
In the NC state, a breaking and entering charge automatically falls under Class 1 misdemeanor. If a person is found guilty of said crime, he or she can spend up to 120 days in jail. Regardless of the circumstances, whether or not the trespassing happened deliberately or by mistake, expect to spend at least an average of 45 days in jail for such an offense.
A more severe punishment than a maximum 120 days behind bars await those who are proven to have broken and entered into a home with intent to commit a more serious act like burglary and kidnapping. In North Carolina, this person will be charged with class H felony and face jail time of 4 up to 25 years. With such severe penalties, individuals who face a breaking and entering charge can depend on the services of a skilled Raleigh criminal lawyer for a chance to have their sentences reduced or avoid convictions.