Burglary is the act of unlawfully gaining entry into someone’s property with the intent to commit a criminal act. In most cases, burglary is charged as a felony, so the consequences are very serious. If you are charged with burglary in Minnesota, you need a qualified defense attorney to help you.
Understanding Burglary Charges
Not all charges of burglary are treated equally by the courts. If you are facing a burglary charge in Minnesota, it’s important to understand exactly what you are dealing with. The degree of burglary will vary depending on the circumstances of the crime. There are typically four degrees of burglary, and the penalties will vary. First-degree burglary is the most serious charge.
First-Degree Burglaryusually occurs when property is entered without consent and one or more of the following is true:
- Someone is present in the building during the burglary;
- The burglar possess a dangerous weapon such as a knife or gun; or
- The burglar assaults someone within the building.
If you are convicted of first-degree burglary, you can face jail time of up to 20 years and/or a fine up to $35,000.
Second-Degree Burglary usually occurs when the property is a dwelling, bank, or pharmacy. A second-degree burglary charge can also apply anytime the burglar uses a tool to access money or property. A second-degree burglary conviction can result in jail time of up to ten years and/or a fine up to $20,000.
Third-Degree Burglary usually occurs when the burglar attempts to commit a felony or gross misdemeanor inside the property. A conviction can result in jail time up to five years and/or a $10,000 fine.
Fourth Degree Burglaryusually occurs when the burglar commits or attempts to commit a misdemeanor (other than stealing) inside the property. The conviction results in jail time up to a year and/or a $3,000 fine.
Burglary Defense Lawyer
No matter what type of burglary charge you are facing, it’s important to understand that burglary is a serious crime that can have a lasting impact on your life. If you are convicted of burglary, you will face jail time and fines, and it can also affect your ability to find employment, or obtain housing in the future. You need an experienced burglary defense lawyer to help. With the right attorney, you can have your charges reduced, your penalties minimized, or the charges dropped completely.
If you have been falsely accused of burglary, then your defense lawyer will help argue your case. Facing a burglary conviction is never easy, but your attorney will make the process as smooth as possible.
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If you have been charged with burglary anywhere in Minnesota, we can assist you. At the Brown Law Offices, P.A., we help you get the best possible outcome so you can continue with your life. Contact us today for a free burglary defense consultation. Whether you are guilty or innocent, we work hard to ensure the best result. Call us today at 763-323-6555, or complete our free online consultation form.