Burglary is another commonly misunderstood legal term. It is not, as most people think, the act of stealing property from another person's house or business. Technically, it is actually the act of entering a structure that you are not legally allowed to be in, with the intent of committing a felony. Whether you actually follow through with the felony is irrelevant- the crime is completed once you enter the premises with the required intent. The reason for this is that the mere act of unlawful entry can lead to danger, regardless of what kind of crime the intruder intends to commit. This danger is unique because of the fact that people tend to act unpredictably when they are trying to protect their private space. People panic, and accidents happen. So in order to prevent this sort of unintended scenario, the entry itself is considered criminal, as opposed to the felony the person was there to commit.