Burglary is a very serious crime and Arizona classifies it as a type of stealing. If convicted of burglary, the consequences are very serious and this means that they can have a heavy impact on the rest of your life. In order to get the best result, you need an experienced Phoenix criminal defense lawyer who knows the law and how to apply it to your unique case.
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Arizona places burglary into one of three classifications. First Degree Burglary is the most severe, while Third Degree Burglary is the least. However, they are all three felonies. First Degree Burglary is classified as a Class 2 or 3 felony and it can result in up to 21 years in prison, depending on whether or not there are any aggravating factors present. If there are 2 or more aggravating factors present, the sentence can increase to up to 35 years.
Second Degree Burglary is a Class 3 felony and the sentence can be as long as 25 years in prison, depending on if there are any aggravating factors present. For example, a person inside a home could be injured if a burglary is attempted.
Third Degree Burglary is a Class 4 felony and mostly involves auto theft or the burglary of a commercial property. It is possible to be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison because of another crime that was committed at the time of the burglary.
The last offense is possession of burglary tools, which means that a person can simply be in possession of the tools to commit burglary and be charged with a crime. This is simply because possession of tools indicates intent to commit the crime. The sentence can be over 5 years in prison, property forfeiture, fines, and much more.
Successful Phoenix Burglary Defense
Your Phoenix criminal defense attorney will work with you and evaluate the details in your case to create a defense strategy that works in your favor. Whether you did or did not commit the crime, there is always a favorable outcome within reach. The right strategy will help reach that outcome so that you can move on with your life a lot sooner than you would otherwise. Some of the defense strategies that we can use include Mistake of fact, lack of intent, unwarranted search and seizure, justification, no probably cause for the arrest, mishandled evidence, and many others as they apply to your case.
Contact A Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer
An accusation of burglary makes for a very difficult experience. You are most likely confused and wondering what the future has in store with you. When you have an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney by your side, you can achieve a better result than you would if you were to take on the charges yourself. Your attorney will fight for your rights and for your future. To find out more about what Myles A. Schneider can do for your case, call 24/7 at 602-926-7373 for a free consultation.