Chicago Burglary Lawyer
Defense Counsel for Burglary Charges in Chicago
Are you accused of committing a burglary? This is a serious legal situation that will require immediate assistance from a high quality, seasoned Chicago criminal attorney. No matter what the situation is or your involvement or lack of involvement in the crime, the quality of your defense lawyer can have a significant impact on whether you are convicted, and the penalties that could be imposed upon you. Having served as defense counsel in many difficult criminal trials, I have the experience and insight into the criminal justice system that could be of great benefit to you in your case.
Penalties for Burglary
- Charges of burglary are filed when it is alleged that an individual entered a building, boat, plane, car, or other type of structure or vehicle without authority to do so, with the intent to steal any item. This is a Class 2 felony, and a prison sentence of up to 7 years could be imposed in a conviction.
- When the burglary is alleged to have involved a school, day care facility, or church, the charges will be filed as a Class 1 felony, with up to 15 years in prison as a penalty.
- Some cases allow for an extended sentence – up to 30 years, based upon the facts, and the prior criminal record of the accused. Evidence to support a charge of burglary can include tools that are alleged to have been used to pick locks or release locks to gain entry, or keys, instruments or explosives. Any burglary, whether residential or commercial, can lead to heavy penalties, including time spent in state prison.
- A home invasion case in which a weapon, such as a firearm, is alleged to have been employed in the commission of the crime will be more heavily punished, and is a Class X felony, with 25 years to life as the possible sentence.
I understand how concerned you are about your future if you have been accused of committing burglary. You have real reason to be worried, as your freedom could be lost for years if you are not successfully defended. When I represent a person accused of burglary, my first action is to engage in a painstaking review of the facts in the case. Every detail must be analyzed carefully when strategizing for the defense. An error in police procedure can open the door to a case dismissal or other advantage. As I have gained a great insight into the criminal justice system over my years in practice, I am very aware of what it takes to achieve victory in criminal court. Call today to discuss your case. I am on your side, and if I represent you, you can be confident that everything possible will be done to help you fight back.