Southern California Theft Defense Lawyer
In California, burglary is a type of theft crime when a person enters any
room, building, or locked vehicle intending to commit a felony once inside.
Burglary, however, is treated much more seriously than theft in courts
and you could be facing many years in prison for a conviction.
If you have been charged with burglary, look to our aggressive Southern
California criminal defense lawyer for counsel. We can utilize our insight
and experience to defend your reputation and protect your future!
How is burglary punished?
The sentence for a conviction of burglary will depend on the circumstances
of the crime itself but will be treated as either a first or second degree felony.
Entering a home or any place where people live with the intent to commit
grand or petit larceny is grounds for a first degree charge. A conviction
can carry up to six years in prison with additional fines. Entering a
building in order to commit a felony is a second degree crime and can
be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony carrying a year in jail or more.
Common Legal Defenses to Burglary
Even if you have been arrested and charged, you still have rights. At Gibbons
& Gibbons, A Law Corporation, our Southern California criminal defense
attorneys can come to your aid in court. Our firm has over 60 years of
combined legal experience which means we can put a sound defense strategy
together for you.
We can argue on your behalf that:
- Your arrest was a case of mistaken identity
- You happened to be present when the offense was committed but were not involved
- You did not intend to commit a felony before entering the building or room
- You were under the impression you were given the right to take whatever
items are in question
- The items in fact did belong to you
If you have been accused of burglary, get the professional, experienced,
and award-winning criminal defense you need to protect your freedom. We
work hard to contest our clients' charges and can fight on your behalf.
Get in touch with us today and request your free initial consultation!