Burglary or Trespass?

In 2014, the home of Miami Heat player, Ray Allen was broken into by 7 teenagers. A short article on the break-in can be found here: http://www.local10.com/news/local/group-of-young-adults-break-into-ray-allens-home-
• Research the Ray Allen break-in. Focus on the investigation, the charges, and sentencing.
• Review the elements of burglary at common law as outlined in your textbook.
• Review the Florida Statute on burglary and trespass found here: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0800-0899/0810/Sections/0810.02.html
Based on your research, and utilizing the proper terminology from Chapter 7, answer the following questions:

  1. Based on the initial article linked above – would you have charged burglary or trespass? Explain.
  2. Did it matter that Mrs. Allen was home with her children at the time of the break-in? Why or why not?
  3. If this event had occurred under a common law jurisdiction, would your answer be different? Why or why not?
  4. Do you agree with the charges that were ultimately filed under Florida law? Why or why not?
  5. Do you think that the punishment was sufficient? Why or why not?

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