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just because they had done it for years, does not make it any less of a crime. if the owner did not give permission than the facts are the same as established by the CT code. so you might want to consider explaining it to the DA and see if the charge can be dismissed- otherwise the probation is probably the best he can hope for. have your son's lawyer discuss all the facts with the DA. the only affirmative defense to the burglary is if a building is abandoned - that means no one lives there
in perusing the burglary statutes, if your son did not enter the premises then i dont see how it could get a conviction on burglary as the law states "enters and remains with intent to committ a crime. criminal trespassing might be a better charge. have his lawyer work on that
you can read the CT Code on Burglary at this link
good luck to your son
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