If you charged with burglary, choosing the right criminal defense attorney can make the difference between winning and losing the battle. In order to resolve the case in your favor, it is important to know the law, know the case, and know the legal system. That’s why it is important to hire an attorney. At Ascheman & Smith, we know the law and the legal system. We can help you understand how the law applies to your case, what recourses are available, how the process works, and what needs to be done.
When you are charged with burglary, the State is claiming that you entered into a building without consent and that you intended to commit a crime when you entered.
There are several different degrees of burglary:
Burglary in the first degree:
If convicted of burglary in the first degree there may be a sentence of imprisonment for up to 20 years or a fine up to $35,000, or both if:
- You are in the building when there is a person in the building;
- You possesses:
- A dangerous weapon;
- Anything to lead a victim to reasonably believe an item is a dangerous weapon;
- Or explosive;
- You assaults a person while in the building or on the buildings property.
Burglary in the second degree:
If convicted of burglary in the second degree there may be a sentence of imprisonment for up to 10 years or a fine up to $20,000, or both if:
- The building is a dwelling meaning a residence;
- The portion of the building entered contains a banking business or other business that receives securities or other valuable papers for deposit or safekeeping and the entry is forced or there is threat of force;
- The portion of the building entered contains a pharmacy or other lawful business or practice in which controlled substance are routinely held or stored, and the entry is forcible;
- You possess a tool to gain access to money or property.
Burglary in the third degree:
If convicted of burglary in the third degree there may be a sentence of imprisonment for up to 5 years or a fine up to $10,000, or both if:
- You enter into a building with the indents to steal or commit any felony or gross misdemeanor.
Burglary in the fourth degree:
If convicted of burglary in the first degree there may be a sentence of imprisonment for up to 1 years or a fine up to $3,000, or both if:
- You enter into a building with the indents to steal or commit any misdemeanor.
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