Burglary is taken very seriously in Arizona, as it is one of the ways in which the state classifies stealing. If convicted, the consequences are very serious. Because the consequences are serious, they impact everything from your ability to get a job to finding a home to rent or lease. In order to minimize the consequences as much as possible, it is important to have a Glendale criminal defense lawyer by your side, representing you every step of the way.
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When charged with burglary, you are charged with one of three degrees. First Degree Burglary is the most serious and Third Degree Burglary is the least serious, but all three charges can change a person’s life.
First Degree Burglary is a Class 2 or 3 felony and it can result in a prison sentence of up to 21 years and aggravating factors can extend that. If two or more aggravating factors, such as the commission of another crime at the time of the burglary occurs, then the sentence is going to be increased and can include up to 35 years in prison.
Second Degree Burglary is a Class 3 felony and can result in up to 25 years in prison, depending on the nature of the aggravating factors that may exist. For example, an innocent bystander could be injured during an attempt to burgle a home.
Third Degree Burglary is a Class 4 felony and involves auto theft and commercial properties. It is not out of the question for a conviction to result in a prison sentence of up to 15 years simply because another criminal act was committed during the burglary.
The last offense is possession of burglary tools. Simply being in possession of these tools, even if no burglary takes place, can result in charges. This is because the tools represent an intention to burglarize a property. The resulting sentence can be over 5 years in prison and a number of financial consequences, including property forfeiture.
Skillful Glendale Burglary Defense
Your Glendale criminal defense attorney will work side-by-side with you to achieve the best possible result in your case. Every element of the matter will be looked at to determine the best criminal defense. Even if there is validity to the charges against you, that does not mean that you have to pay the maximum penalty. Some of the defenses that can be used based on the circumstances surrounding your case include mistake of fact, mishandled evidence, lack of probable cause for the arrest, illegal search and seizure, Miranda Rights violations, and many more.
Contact A Glendale Criminal Defense Lawyer
Burglary is a difficult crime to be accused of because a conviction can lead to a long prison sentence, fines, restitution, and any other penalties that a judge feels is appropriate. If you have been accused of burglary, it is imperative to seek experienced and skilled representation as soon as possible. To find out how Myles A. Schneider & Associates, LTD. can help you, call 24/7 at 602-926-7373 for a free consultation.