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Should someone be in a house, store, apartment complex or even an office building when law enforcement has decided they intended to commit a crime at that location, they can be charged with burglary. Many people believe for someone to be charged with burglary it must involve some type of theft. In the state of Pennsylvania, a person can be charged with burglary without theft having occurred. When anyone is charged with burglary, they are facing severe punishment that could involve spending time in prison as well as significant fines. The best option in this situation is to discuss it with a criminal defense attorney.
Burglary in the state of Pennsylvania is considered anyone who enters a building and has the intent to commit a criminal act.
*Burglary is defined as a crime not against people but property.
*A person can be charged with burglary and not have broken into a building.
*If a person was in a building that was abandoned, it is a possible legal defense.
*It is possible for a person to be in a building open to the public. It is also possible they had permission to be in the building. Each of these are possible legal defenses.
*It is not necessary for a burglary to have occurred at night. A person can be charged with burglary no matter what time of day they went into the building.
When someone is charged with burglary, they are facing a felony in the first degree. This could result in being incarcerated for up to 20 years. Should the building where a person was found by law enforcement not have areas designated for sleep, and no other person was in the building at the time a person went into it, this could be considered a second degree felony. A person can’t be found guilty of offenses they intended to commit when they entered a building as well as burglary.
A person in Pennsylvania can be charged for conspiracy to commit a burglary when they and one or more persons agree to solicit another person to commit a burglary, plan a burglary or attempt a burglary. A person’s level of association with conspiracy is an essential element. Should someone play even a small role in a conspiracy to commit a burglary, and the group is convicted, they are all sentenced to identical levels of a felony. This will be based on the crime committed. A person who is a lookout will be considered guilty as those who performed the burglary.
Charged With Burglary
When someone is caught by law enforcement and charged with burglary, they should avoid making the arresting law enforcement officer angry. They will probably have to spend the night in jail. It is important they not talk about what happened with police. They should not claim their innocence. One small mistake can have serious consequences. It is in a person’s best interest to not speak with law enforcement or a prosecutor unless their criminal defense attorney is with them. What a person says is likely to be taken out of context. Their words will be used against them. When law enforcement questions a person, they should be polite and refuse to answer questions until they speak with their attorney.
Criminal Defense Attorney
These legal professionals will review all aspects of a person’s case and pay close attention to the legal details. They will want to know about the evidence that will be used against their client.
*If the building their client entered was abandoned, their attorney will obtain evidence or a witness as proof.
*Every possible effort to discredit evidence not in their client’s favor will be done by a criminal defense attorney.
*If a person didn’t enter a building to commit a crime, their lawyer will obtain evidence or a witness as proof.
*Much of what an attorney can do to help a person facing a burglary charge will depend on the circumstances of the case.
A criminal defense attorney will look at every way they can help their client. It is important a person provide their attorney with all the information requested that supports their case. A criminal defense attorney will have the training and experience necessary to help someone get the best possible result if they’re charged with burglary.