Sacramento Burglary Lawyer
When you’ve been charged with burglary, you want the best defense possible. A Sacramento burglary attorney can help you tell your side of the story and potentially keep you out of jail.
A burglary charge can put your future in peril. If you’re convicted, you could face time in jail, large fines, and a big blemish on your criminal record. That’s why it’s so important that you do everything you can to defend yourself against the charge.
A Sacramento burglary lawyer knows how to do just that. The dedicated criminal attorneys at Crowell Law Offices will give your case the attention it needs and work to get you the most lenient punishment possible—or even have your charges dropped.
Classifying Your Burglary Charge
According to California law, a burglary offense can be classified as first degree or second degree.
- First-Degree Burglary (Residential Burglary) – This type of offense occurs when a perpetrator enters a house, trailer, warehouse, garage, aircraft, residential boat, or some other inhabited structure to unlawfully steal possessions within. The criminal does not necessarily have to steal anything; simply entering the premises is sufficient to warrant prosecution.
- Second-Degree Burglary (Commercial Burglary) – This type of offense occurs when a perpetrator enters a business or automobile to commit theft. Second-degree burglary is typically seen as a misdemeanor, although it may instead be charged as a felony, depending on the circumstances.
Burglary Penalties in Sacramento
Depending on the type of burglary committed, your criminal record, and a number of other factors, you may face varying levels of potential penalties. Listed below are some of the general punishments:
- First-Degree Burglary – Two to six years in prison and/or fines of up to $10,000. You will have to serve at least 85 percent of your sentence, regardless of good behavior.
- Second-Degree Burglary – For misdemeanor offenses, up to one year in county jail and/or fines of up to $1,000. For felonies, 16 to 36 months’ prison time and/or fines of up to $10,000.
A skilled burglary lawyer from Crowell Law Offices will use tough defense strategies to fight your burglary charge.
Some possible defenses include the following:
- You might have received permission to enter the premises.
- A solid alibi and relevant surveillance video can be used to argue mistaken identity.
- While any of your fingerprints found at the scene of the alleged crime may be seen as evidence of your wrongdoing, this can be nullified should it be confirmed that you had visited the premises before.
In every case, there is a legitimate chance of error on the part of the prosecutors. A Sacramento defense lawyer from our firm will carefully probe the prosecution’s claims to bring to light any inconsistencies or mistakes.
Contact Your Lawyer Today
To fend off or reduce a burglary charge, you need a solid defense built by an experienced burglary lawyer. At Crowell Law Offices, we will do everything we possibly can to defend you and fight for a favorable outcome for your case.
To speak with a Sacramento burglary lawyer, call 916-303-2800 or fill out the online contact form below.