Burglary is the act of entering into a property with the intent of engaging in criminal activity, such as theft. The owner does not give the person permission to enter the property, which is also a form of trespassing. The nature of this crime means that the act is most likely going to be charged as a felony.
If you or a loved one has been accused of burglary, it is important that you speak with an experienced, honest, and skilled southern Minnesota criminal defense attorney who will look out for your rights and your future. By using the facts and the law, it is possible to secure a much better outcome in your case than if you didn’t have a strong legal advocate by your side.
Quality Defense Against All Burglary Charges
Burglary is charged in “degrees.” This means that the crime is charged at different levels. A first degree charge is more serious than a fourth degree charge. The first degree charge is classified as a felony. Here is a breakdown of the penalties for each degree of burglary:
- First degree burglary – Up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $35,000.
- Second degree burglary – Up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000.
- Third degree burglary – Up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
- Fourth degree burglary – Up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $3,000.
Which degree is charged depends on the exact act that is committed. For instance, a second degree burglary charge may be made if a person enters a building and it is a dwelling, pharmacy or bank; or if a tool was used to gain access to money or property. The degree may be increased to first degree burglary if another person is present in the dwelling or if the burglar possesses a dangerous weapon.
A Powerful Advocate Working For You
When you hire a Mankato criminal attorney from Farrish Johnson Law Office, CHTD to handle your burglary case, you can count on the evidence being gathered and the law being used to work for you. Even if you committed the crime, that doesn’t mean you have to pay the maximum penalties. Instead, the facts can be used to show why you shouldn’t pay the maximum penalties. There are also options, such as plea deals that the prosecution may offer so that you can move on with your life much sooner than you would if you were convicted by a jury.
Contact A Southern Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer
Burglary is a crime that can result in a number of other crimes being committed along with it. If you or a loved one has been accused of burglary, you have the right to secure the representation of an experienced criminal attorney who knows how to get results. To learn more about your rights and options, call Farrish Johnson Law Office, CHTD at 507-625-2525 to schedule a free consultation.
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