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Prosecutors in California take burglary charges extremely seriously. This is somewhat understandable, given that a burglary can involve an invasion of privacy and a breach of one’s sense of safety at home. On the other hand, the majority of burglary charges are actually for trespassing and theft.

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Why You Need a Burglary Defense Lawyer?

The appropriate legal presentation to prosecutors, judges, and juries can mean the difference between misdemeanors and felonies, thousands of dollars in fines, and months or years in jail or prison.
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What are the Possible Penalties?

For a first-degree burglary, a person may be sentenced to up to 6 years in state prison and no fewer than 2 years in state prison. (Pen. Code §462) You can also receive a fine of up to $10,000.

First-degree burglary is always a felony crime in California. Additionally, it counts as a strike under California’s three-strikes law.

For a second-degree burglary, prosecuted as a misdemeanor, a person may be sentenced to one year in the county jail and a fine of up to $1,000, but if prosecuted as a felony, a person may be sentenced to 3 years of state prison and not less than 16 months of state prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.

What is First Degree “Residential” Burglary?

Burglary can be charged as either first or second-degree. First-degree burglary is one committed in “an inhabited dwelling”, an extremely broad term that covers houses, boats, and any structure where a person lives. (Pen. Code §460.) Any place used as a dwelling by one or more occupants is covered by burglary, even locations such as a phone booth or a temporary structure like a tent.

Even if the owner or occupant of the structure is not home at the time of the burglary, it is still considered first-degree burglary. The only exception is if the dwelling was vacated and abandoned because of a natural disaster.

First-degree residential burglary is considered a violent offense and a felony crime. This will add a strike to your record and could result in a sentence of up to six years in state prison. California’s three-strikes law applies to first-degree residential burglary, which could result in a life sentence if you already have or receive two strikes for other offenses later. This means that any accusation of first-degree burglary should be taken very seriously.

If you have been charged with first-degree burglary or believe you might be, contact an experienced burglary lawyer immediately.

What is the Second Degree of “Commercial” Burglary?

All other burglaries, like those committed against businesses and other non-residential structures, are burglaries of the second degree. (Pen. Code §460)

Unlike a first-degree burglary, it must be proved that you intended to commit a theft when you entered the building. It must also be proved that you were not allowed to enter the property or the part of the property you entered. So, if you entered a store during business hours without the intent to steal and are accused of stealing opportunistically while inside, you cannot be charged with second-degree burglary.

What are the Possible Penalties?

For a first-degree burglary, a person may be sentenced to up to 6 years in state prison and no fewer than 2 years in state prison. (Pen. Code §462) You can also receive a fine of up to $10,000.

First-degree burglary is always a felony crime in California. Additionally, it counts as a strike under California’s three-strikes law.

For a second-degree burglary, prosecuted as a misdemeanor, a person may be sentenced to one year in the county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Still, if prosecuted as a felony, a person may be sentenced to 3 years of state prison, not less than 16 months, and a fine of up to $10,000.

Burglary Defense Lawyer Near Me

If you or a member of your family has been accused of a crime or if you learn that you are under investigation, it is in your best interest to contact Kareem A. Ramadan, a criminal defense attorney at Kareem Law APC, immediately. We can begin building your case as soon as you are informed of an accusation against you, taking the time to listen to your needs and uncover the circumstances surrounding your case.

If you are currently involved in a legal matter, our attorneys can represent you in court. Since 2013, we’ve assisted countless clients with complex litigation. We can help defend you if you did not intend to commit a crime, were the victim of an unjust accusation, or were involved in an illegal law enforcement sting operation.

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How an Experienced Los Angeles Burglary Attorney Can Help You

The intent to conduct theft or another felony violation is one of the essential legal components that must be proven in a case of burglary. Your burglary lawyer may be able to get your charge dropped or reduced to criminal trespass, which is a minor offense, if the prosecuting attorney does not have enough evidence to establish intent.
Similar to this, your California burglary defense attorney may be able to contest the witness’ testimony or his or her reliability if the prosecution’s case is substantially supported by eyewitness testimony. On the other side, if the evidence used against you was acquired illegally, your attorney could be able to get the criminal case completely dropped.

Get in touch with the Kareem Law APC as soon as possible if you have been accused of any type of burglary. Depending on the allegations you are facing, the evidence against you, whether or not you have a criminal record, and a number of other criteria, our legal team, led by top-rated criminal defense attorney Kareem A. Ramadan, will develop the most effective and aggressive defense plan. To ensure that all of your rights are adequately protected, we will work tirelessly.

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Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Criminal Defense Attorney

Under California Penal Code Section 459, burglary is the act of entering a structure (residential, commercial, or any other type of property) with the intent to commit grand larceny, petit larceny, or any other felony.

The statute protects against intruders into indoor areas, not persons committing crimes in their own homes. To hold otherwise could lead to potentially absurd results. If a person can be convicted for burglarizing his own home, he could violate section 459 by calmly entering his house with intent to forge a check.

Burglary in the first degree (burglary of an inhabited building) is a felony in California. A conviction for first-degree burglary can include two to six years in prison. Burglary in the second degree (non-inhabited building) is a wobbler in California. This means it could be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor.

Make Sure You Hire a Reliable Criminal Defense Attorney

When you are facing criminal charges, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney you can trust. Kareem has been practicing criminal law for more than a decade and is one of the most trusted and highly rated attorneys. Whether you need help with a domestic violence case, felony and misdemeanor cases, theft crimes, or any other criminal charges, call Kareem Law APC for excellent legal representation. Kareem is a compassionate criminal lawyer who will protect your rights, guide you through every step of the process, provide you with the legal counsel you deserve, and fight hard to obtain optimal results. Call today at (888)-506-6519 or use our online contact form to schedule contact with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles.



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Attorney Kareem uses his training and experience as a former prosecutor to defend clients throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino. If you are arrested or charged with a criminal offense, you need someone with experience to defend and protect your rights. Call Kareem.
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