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Rogue and Vagabond

In Maryland, the crime of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and/or stealing its contents is referred to, somewhat strangely, as “rogue and vagabond”. Being a rogue and vagabond is a misdemeanor in Maryland punishable by up to 3 years imprisonment.

There are two ways to be guilty of being a rogue and vagabond. First, you can be guilty if you possess a burglar’s tool with the intent to use the tool to break and enter a vehicle. The second is to be in or on a motor vehicle with the intent to steal property that is in or on the vehicle, or the vehicle itself.

If you steal the vehicle itself, you can expect to also be charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, and/or motor vehicle theft.

Rogue and vagabond is similar to and often charged along with theft and fourth degree burglary charges.

Like other theft charges, rogue and vagabond is a serious charge that can ruin your reputation and result in jail time. I can defend you from these serious charges. Call me at (301) 556‑8709 so that I can start defending your freedom today.