Auto burglary is the breaking into a locked vehicle or its trunk with the intent to steal the car, steal property from inside the car, or commit a felony inside the car. In California, the vehicle must be locked in order to constitute burglary. The taking of property from an unlocked vehicle is theft. Auto burglary, also known as car burglary, is prosecuted under the California Burglary Law - Penal Code section 459. Auto burglary is categorized as second-degree burglary in California and can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanor auto burglary is punishable by up to one year in county jail and felony auto burglary is punishable by up to three years in state prison.
If you or someone you know is charged with Auto burglary, consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn about your legal options.