Burglary in the US is considered to be the crime of breaking and entering with the intent to commit a crime. In most cases that crime is theft, though it is completely possible for one to break and enter with the intent to commit some other crime. It is rare that the distinction is made between burglary and merely breaking and entering, so the two are essentially synonymous.
There are many ways that burglary can be committed, and does not rely on physically or actually breaking anything in order to enter a building. It merely refers to breaking the legal barrier between a public space (i.e. outside the building) and a private space (e.g. a home, a building, a private domicile, etc.). Thus, one may be charged with burglary if he or she enters a building without the owner’s permission.
The unlawful entry of any structure or property, which legally refers to any private space such as a tent, car, house, room, etc., could be grounds for burglary charges. The severity of the punishment can vary from quite severe to mild, and depends on multiple factors. The severity of the crime committed after breaking and entering while in the building is a major factor, as is the previous criminal record of the accused, and the type of building entered.
In 2009, the state of California convicted over 246,000 individuals of burglary in each district combined.
Choosing the Right Criminal Defense Attorney for Burglary Charges
There are many avenues that one may take when seeking to defend a client against burglary charges. If it can be proven that there was no intent to commit a crime, then the crime would be only trespassing, which almost always carries punishments of a much lower severity. Additionally, there are certain situations in which it is legally impossible for an individual to commit burglary. If an individual lives in the building where he or she is accused of burgling, they cannot be convicted. In many districts, if the individual was invited onto the premises by a resident of the building, then the accused will likely not be able to be convicted. There are many ways in which an individual may have the burglary charges against them dropped or reduced to a much lesser charge, or may have the punishment reduced to a fraction of the original.
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Regardless of the nature of the criminal charges brought against you, having an experienced attorney on your side is always the wisest course of action. A thorough knowledge of the law and an understanding of the legal precedents set for the charges brought against you is incredibly valuable, and could be the difference between having the charges dropped and a fine, a fine and jail time, or jail time and a life sentence. Get in touch right away by calling us at (800) 862-7677 or emailing us at email@example.com.