Burglary is defined as entering or occupying another person’s property without their permission and with the specific intent of carrying out a crime, generally (but not always) a theft crime of some sort. The severity of the penalties you will face if convicted depend largely upon the exact nature of the alleged crime, the extent of damages caused, and any co-occurring assault or battery charges. Heavy fines and extensive prison time are common.
Burglary can be charged as a felony of the first, second or third degree, and the state has the power to exceed maximum sentences in certain circumstances. It is extremely important that you have a competent criminal defense attorney on your side.
Defenses to Burglary
Even if the charges you face are serious, and the penalties harsh, you still have options, and I can help you to explore them in order to build the best possible defense. If the property was open to the public at the time of the alleged burglary, or if you had the owner’s permission to be there, then your presence there does not constitute a burglary.
Another possible defense is that you did not intend to commit a crime on the property, as intent is a crucial aspect that must be proven beyond reasonable doubt by the prosecution in order to secure a conviction.
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