Burglary is just one of the ways in which Arizona classifies stealing and the consequences, if convicted, are very serious. Because the consequences are so severe, they have an impact on the rest of your life. This means you need the help of a Scottsdale burglary attorney by your side every step of the way so that your rights and your future are protected throughout the entire criminal process.
Comprehensive Defense Against All Degrees Of Burglary
An act of burglary is placed in one of three degrees. Which degree it is placed in depends on what happened when the crime was allegedly committed. First Degree Burglary is the most serious of the three with Third Degree Burglary being the least severe. First Degree is classified as a Class 2 or 3 felony and it can result in no less than 7 years in prison and up to 21. It can easily be extended if 2 or more aggravating factors were present during the commission of the crime, such as the crime not being the first burglary offense. Aggravating factors can cause the sentence to be up to 35 years in prison.
Second Degree Burglary is considered a Class 3 felony and the prison sentence can be as long as 25 years, but aggravating factors can enhance it. For example, an innocent person could be injured during the commission of the crime and this will aggravate the burglary charge.
Third Degree Burglary is a Class 4 felony and it is charged when a commercial property is involved. Auto theft falls within this category as well. There have been some individuals convicted of Third Degree Burglary who have had to serve up to 15 years in prison because of other crimes they committed during the burglary.
The possession of burglary tools can also result in charges. This is a Class 6 felony and it can result in 5 ¾ years in prison, fees, fines, restitution, property forfeiture, and other possible penalties.
Experienced Scottsdale Burglary Defense
Your Scottsdale Criminal defense lawyer will look at the facts surrounding your case and devise a unique strategy that will help you receive the best results in the matter. Some of the common strategies used include unwarranted search and seizure, lack of intent, Miranda Rights violations, mistake of fact, insufficient evidence, no probable cause for arrest, and a number of others. The strategy that is used will be unique to the circumstances surrounding your case, as no two cases are every truly alike. With an experienced attorney advocating for you, you can get results.
Contact A Scottsdale Criminal Defense Attorney
Burglary is a serious crime and it can be charged in conjunction with other charges originating from the same act. If you have been charged with burglary, you are most likely wondering what steps you need to take next. With an experienced attorney by your side throughout the entire process, you can receive a fair result in your case. To learn more, contact us 24/7 at 602-926-7373 for a free consultation.