Breaking And Entering Definition

Using force to get inside a building without permission. Even the slightest amount of force, such as pushing open a door or raising an unlocked window, is typically enough to qualify as a breaking. When someone enters a building with the intent to commit a crime inside, it’s called burglary. If the person has no such intent, it can be another offense, such as criminal trespass. (See also: burglary, felony, trespass)