Breaking And Entering Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Breaking And Entering.

Breaking And Entering (noun)

Breaking and entering is the act of forcibly getting into a property without permission. This act is defined as "breaking" even if no physical damage is done to the property (like breaking a door or window). The term "entering" means physically going inside the property. The intention behind breaking and entering may or may not be to commit a crime. If there's no intent to commit a crime, it is usually termed as trespassing.