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Long Beach Burglary Crime Attorney

When faced with the potential consequences of a criminal conviction, you may feel at a loss, as if your life is no longer in your own hands. If you have been accused of burglary in Los Angeles County, the choices you make today can have a huge impact on your future. It is your right to fight the charges against you by hiring a dedicated and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer at The Amer Law Firm.

Attorney Al Amer has years of experience with criminal defense law and a strong track record for successfully protecting his clients' constitutional rights. With our legal representation, you can fight back against the potential personal, professional, and financial damage that a criminal charge can have on your life. To learn more about our services and how we can help you during this difficult time, please call (866) 431-AMER (2637) or submit an online contact form. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.

How is Burglary Defined in California?

Under California Penal Code 458-464, burglary is defined as entering a building or structure without consent from the owner or resident with the intention of committing a felony or theft. There are numerous types of structures and locked vehicles that are protected under these laws, such as apartment buildings, shops, railroad cars, barns, tents, and aircraft.

Burglary is one of the most confusing charges because a suspect does not have to actually commit a felony or theft once he or she has entered a building unlawfully in order to face penalties for burglary. The prosecution only has to prove that the suspect intended to commit a crime before illegally entering the structure. Proving an individual's intentions can be particularly complicated and requires a nuanced understanding of burglary and criminal law. With the legal guidance of an aggressive Long Beach burglary defense lawyer, it is possible for an individual accused of burglary to counter unfair or overblown charges.

What are First Degree and Second Degree Burglary Charges?

California law divides burglary into first degree and second degree crimes, depending on the type of structure that is involved and the suspect's alleged criminal intent.

First Degree Burglary

Unlawful entry of a residential structure is considered a first-degree burglary and a serious felony. If convicted, you may be sentenced to a maximum of six years in state prison, and the charge will count as one strike in California's "Three Strikes and You're Out" law. With two or more strikes under the Three Strikes law, you may be at risk of serving at least 25 years to life in prison.

Second Degree Burglary

Unlawful entry into any building or structure that does not count as an inhabited residence may be charged as a second degree offense, or commercial burglary. As a second degree offense, the crime may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. This is known as a "wobbler" offense because the court will evaluate the circumstances of the offense in order to determine whether it qualifies for lesser penalties as a misdemeanor, or harsher penalties as a felony. A misdemeanor commercial burglary charge often carries a maximum of one year in county jail, whereas a felony commercial burglary charge may result in a maximum sentence of three years in state prison.

A commercial burglary conviction, whether charged as a misdemeanor or felony, will not count as a strike under the Three Strikes law.

What are the Best Defenses against Burglary Charges?

The most difficult aspect of burglary laws is proving that the suspect entered a building unlawfully in order to commit a crime. The prosecution will also have the burden of providing evidence of specific intent. For example, an individual may be charged with burglary if he or she was in possession of the following items at the time of arrest:

In order to disprove accusations of burglary, an experienced burglary defense lawyer may argue the following affirmative defenses:

It is not uncommon for serious burglary charges to be reduced or dropped altogether with the skillful litigation of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.

Contact a Top Defense Attorney

At The Amer Law Firm, we strongly believe that everyone deserves the right to not only be presumed innocent until proven guilty, but also receive strong legal defense against criminal accusations. If you or a loved one has been charged with burglary, do not wait to contact criminal defense lawyer Al Amer to begin the process of building a strong legal defense on your behalf. Your future, career, and personal life are on the line. Schedule a free and comprehensive consultation by dialing (866) 431-2637 today.

"Al definitely knows how to achieve results that will go far beyond your expectations."
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