Habitual Felon Changes
The Justice Reinvestment Act modifies North Carolina's existing habitual felon statute and also establishes a new status of Habitual Breaking and Entering after the second conviction for certain "breaking and entering" crimes.
Effective for principal felonies committed on or after December 1, 2011, a habitualized crime will be punished “at a felony class level that is four classes higher than the principal felony... but under no circumstances ... higher than a Class C felony. G.S. 14-7.6.
Habitual Breaking and Entering
Under G.S. 14-7.25 through -7.31, a person can be charged, convicted, and sentenced as a habitual breaking and entering status offender upon his or her second conviction of breaking and entering.
Breaking and entering is defined in new G.S. 14-7.25 to include the following felonies:
- First degree burglary (G.S. 14‑51);
- Second degree burglary (G.S. 14‑51);
- Breaking out of dwelling house burglary (G.S. 14‑53);
- Breaking or entering buildings generally (G.S. 14‑54(a));
- Breaking or entering a building that is a place of religious worship (G.S. 14‑54.1);
- Any repealed or superseded offense substantially equivalent to any of the offenses listed above;
- Any offense committed in another jurisdiction substantially similar to any of the offenses above.