2015 ORS 164.215¹
Burglary in the second degree

(1) Except as otherwise provided in ORS 164.255 (Criminal trespass in the first degree), a person commits the crime of burglary in the second degree if the person enters or remains unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein.

(2) Burglary in the second degree is a Class C felony. [1971 c.743 §136; 1993 c.680 §24]

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute (Ors 164.240)

Where the possible max­i­mum sen­tences for burglary and the crime committed within the burglarized premises were identical, the state could elect on which charges the defendant would be convicted and sen­tenced. State v. Meyer, 12 Or App 486, 507 P2d 524 (1973)

In the absence of ex­plic­it statutory language or legislative history to the contrary, a crim­i­nal defendant could not be convicted and sen­tenced for both burglary and a separate crime committed within the burglarized premises when the intent to commit that separate crime was one ele­ment of the burglary charge. State v. Meyer, 12 Or App 486, 507 P2d 524 (1973)

In General

Evidence that defendant and others entered farm shed of an­oth­er, and that keys were removed from trucks parked therein during occupa­tion of shed, was sufficient to prove that defendant entered shed with intent to commit crim­i­nal mischief. State v. Essig, 31 Or App 639, 571 P2d 170 (1977), Sup Ct review denied

Indict­ment for burglary, which failed to specify the crime defendant intended to commit when he allegedly unlawfully entered building, was fatally defective. State v. Sanders, 280 Or 685, 572 P2d 1307 (1977)

It was error for trial court to require jury to find defendant not guilty under this sec­tion before considering whether defendant was guilty of lesser-included of­fense of crim­i­nal trespass pursuant to ORS 164.245 (Criminal trespass in the second degree). State v. Ogden, 35 Or App 91, 580 P2d 1049 (1978)

Legislative intent is to more severely punish professional burglars using burglar's tools, and defendant who used beer bottle to smash jewelry store window was improperly convicted of first rather than sec­ond de­gree burglary. State v. Reid, 36 Or App 417, 585 P2d 411 (1978)

Where same violent act, striking victim with 2x4 board, was basis for both first de­gree robbery and first de­gree burglary con­vic­­tions, they merged to extent that same violent act was ele­ment of each, and burglary con­vic­­tion was reduced to sec­ond de­gree, which had no ele­ment of physical force. State v. K­line, 37 Or App 899, 588 P2d 675 (1978)

Where defendant allegedly gained entry to premises by use of key given him by store manager for purpose of entering to burn records and inventory of owner, state had to prove per­son extending permission or invita­tion was without actual authority to do so and entrant knew or believed there was no such authority. State v. Hartfield, 290 Or 583, 624 P2d 588 (1981)

Defendant was privileged to enter victim's house for limited purposes and reasonable jury could find that defendant exceeded bounds of permission in viola­tion of this sec­tion. State v. Felt, 108 Or App 730, 816 P2d 1213 (1991), Sup Ct review denied

Where entry is for purpose of com­mit­ting more than one crime, only one count of unlawful entry occurs. State v. Sparks, 150 Or App 293, 946 P2d 314 (1997), Sup Ct review denied

Intrusion of instru­mentality into building is entry only if intrusion, by itself, is sufficient to accomplish crim­i­nal objective for which entry is made. State v. Mayea, 170 Or App 144, 11 P3d 264 (2000)

Where defendant commits single unlawful entry or single act of remaining unlawfully on premises, sub­se­quent com­mis­sion of multiple crimes allows multiple counts but only single con­vic­­tion. State v. White, 341 Or 624, 147 P3d 313 (2006)

Unlawful entry and remaining unlawfully on premises are alternative means of com­mit­ting single crime. State v. White, 341 Or 624, 147 P3d 313 (2006)

Convic­tion under this sec­tion is not categorical burglary of­fense for purposes of applying federal Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984. U.S. v. Grisel, 488 F3d 844 (9th Cir. 2007); U.S. v. Mayer, 560 F3d 948 (9th Cir. 2009)

Where defendant confesses to viola­tion of this sec­tion, evidence of unlawful entry into building is insufficient to corroborate confession. State v. Chatelain, 220 Or App 487, 188 P3d 325 (2008), aff'd 347 Or 278, 220 P3d 41 (2009)

Second de­gree crim­i­nal trespass is, but first de­gree crim­i­nal trespass is not, lesser included of­fense of sec­ond de­gree burglary. State v. Chatelain, 220 Or App 487, 188 P3d 325 (2008), aff'd 347 Or 278, 220 P3d 41 (2009)

Where entry into business premises is not restricted, limita­tion on clientele intended to be served by business does not es­tab­lish that premises are not open to public. State v. Pittman, 223 Or App 596, 196 P3d 1030 (2008)

Entering unlawfully and remaining unlawfully are two alternative methods of meeting "enters and remains unlawfully" ele­ment of crime. State v. Pipkin, 245 Or App 73, 261 P3d 60 (2011), aff'd 354 Or 513, 316 P3d 255 (2013)

Convic­tion of burglary requires at least 10 jurors to agree on which crime defendant intended to commit. State v. Frey, 248 Or App 1, 273 P3d 143 (2012), Sup Ct review denied

To commit crime under this sec­tion, defendant must commit crim­i­nal trespass for purpose of com­mit­ting crime. Criminal trespass may begin either when defendant unlawfully enters building or when defendant unlawfully remains in building so court must focus on defendant's intent when trespass begins. State v. J.N.S., 258 Or App 310, 308 P3d 1112 (2013)

Tents set up to house equip­ment, work benches and employees performing wa­ter testing are buildings as used in this sec­tion. State v. Lambert, 263 Or App 683, 328 P3d 824 (2014)

Completed Cita­tions

State v. Christensen, 5 Or App 335, 483 P2d 84 (1971), Sup Ct review denied; State v. Frailey, 6 Or App 8, 485 P2d 1126 (1971), Sup Ct review denied; State v. Smith, 6 Or App 47, 487 P2d 90 (1971), Sup Ct review denied

Law Review Cita­tions

In General

17 WLR 226 (1980)

Chapter 164

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 427-637 (1972)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 164—Offenses Against Property, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors164.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 164, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano164.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.