Are You Facing Burglary Charges in California? Here’s What You Should Know
According to the California Penal Code, burglary is defined as the unlawful breaking and entering, entering, or remaining within someone else’s property with the intent of committing a crime, including theft or a felony offense. If you have been arrested and charged with felony or misdemeanor burglary charges, you may be able to avoid a conviction with the help of an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney.
Types of Burglary
There are two types of felony and misdemeanor burglary charges: first-degree and second-degree. A first-degree burglary charge is one that takes place within an inhabited residence. Because of this, a first-degree burglary is taken more seriously and, if convicted of first-degree burglary, you will have to serve 85% of your sentence. Second-degree is any other type of burglary, including shoplifting or the unlawful entering of a commercial building. Although the sentencing for a second-degree burglary may differ from first-degree, it should not be taken lightly as it could result in a felony conviction and even a misdemeanor second-degree burglary may result in jail time and a $1,000 fine.
As a criminal defense attorney with more than 30 years of experience, I have the knowledge and expertise to defend you in the face of first-degree or second-degree burglary charges. I can help you understand all of the legal ramifications of the charges you are facing and analyze the evidence and details of your case in order to pick the best legal defense strategy for you. We may be able to prove that your entry into a building or residence was lawful, or that there was no intent to commit a crime on the premises. Whatever your best legal options may be, if you are facing burglary charges, me and my firm can evaluate your unique case and defend you. Schedule a confidential consultation today!