Pennsylvania has recently passed a new law that increases the grading for burglary and robbery. This new law increases the crime of Burglary when a person enters a building or structure not adapted for overnight use (under section 18 Pa.C.S.A. §3502(a)(4)) to a felony of the first degree, which carries a 20 year maximum sentence, if the district attorney can prove the actor’s intent upon entering the structure was to take a controlled substance.

The law similarly increases the grading for robbery subsections 18 Pa.C.S.A. 3701(a)(1)(i) – (a)(1)(vi) to a felony of the first degree, if the district attorney can prove that the item taken, or attempted to be taken, was a controlled substance.