Burglary is the crime of entering a building, business, residence or property with the intent to commit theft or any felony therein. The penalties associated with a burglary conviction can vary depending on the circumstances of the incident, and can substantially increase if a weapon was used or another felony was committed during the course of the burglary.
If you have been arrested and charged with burglary, contact a Mesa criminal defense attorney to discuss your options. The Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC is committed to defending individuals accused of burglary and will vigorously defend you against these charges.
In Arizona, you can be charged with first, second or third degree burglary:
- Third degree burglary involves unlawfully entering a non-residential building, or a fenced commercial or residential yard in order to steal or commit other felonies, and carries a penalty of up to four years in prison.
- Second degree burglary involves entering a residential property with the intent to commit theft.
- First degree burglary is the most serious level of burglary and involves violating the provisions in a second or third degree burglary -- entering a non-residential building, residence, fenced commercial or residential yard, while knowingly possessing a deadly weapon, explosives or dangerous instrument, in the course of committing any theft or felony. Penalties can include incarceration in state prison.
Facing a burglary charge can be very stressful given the serious consequences if convicted of this type of crime. The Firm will work diligently with you throughout the criminal justice process, keep you informed throuaghout the case progression, and discuss options regarding the best course of action towards case resolution.
Attorney Buckallew has extensive experience defending individuals accused of burglary and other property crimes, and will vigorously defend your case in court. From identifying deficiencies that may be present in the prosecution’s case, to challenging procedural or factual defects in the case, he will fight aggressively on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
Contact a Mesa burglary lawyer for a free evaluation of your case.