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Burglary in Arizona means entering onto private or public property with the intent to commit a theft or felony (Chapter 13 of the Arizona Revised Statutes). This type of criminal offense is also known as breaking and entering, home invasion, or housebreaking. A conviction for burglary can result in a lengthy prison sentence, expensive fines, and restitution for the victims.
Time is of essence when you are accused of burglary – a felony charge. Contacting experienced Phoenix burglary crime defense lawyers at an early stage means that they can start early and develop a solid defense strategy in order to either refute the allegations altogether or get you in a position where you get a favorable verdict.
If you have been accused of burglary in Phoenix, our legal team at Maria Jones Law Firm can help you obtain the most favorable results.
With more than 15 years of legal experience, we have extensive knowledge of state theft laws to guide you through the intricacies of the criminal justice system and protect your rights and future.
Our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers with a deep understanding of Arizona’s criminal justice system prioritize the well-being and future of our clients. We diligently fight to protect your rights. Do you want to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced burglary crime defense lawyer serving Arizona? Call (602) 603-4032 today or drop us a message via our contact form. Maria Jones Law Firm serves all of Arizona.
Burglary Is a Felony Offense | Do Not Take Burglary Crime Charges Lightly
A conviction in a burglary crime in Arizona will result in a permanent criminal record that can ruin your life. Yes, in legal terms, burglary is a felony offense. So, if someone is convicted of this criminal act, they will have a permanent record of having been convicted of a felony offense.
This can result in countless, lifelong problems, including but not limited to –
- You will have fewer employment opportunities available
- You may be barred from working in certain professions
- You may not run for public office
- Various travel restrictions may be imposed
- You may face deportation or removal from the country
- You stand to lose your good standing in the community
- You may experience deteriorating relationships due to loss of reputation & financial difficulties
- You may be denied admission to an educational institution
- You may find it difficult to obtain a loan when you need capital to purchase a car, house, etc.
We are currently living in the age of ‘background-checks.’ So, a conviction in a burglary crime in Arizona can have far-reaching effects on your life. A conviction can turn your personal, social, and professional life upside down.
So, if you have been accused of a burglary crime in Arizona, you need to tread very carefully. First things first, you need a skilled, resourceful, and knowledgeable burglary crime defense attorney serving Arizona on your side.
Overview of Arizona Burglary Laws
There are three types of burglary crimes in Arizona: first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree burglary.
First-degree burglary occurs when a person commits the crime using a deadly weapon (e.g. a firearm, knife, or explosive). If this type of burglary occurs in a residential building, it is considered a Class 2 felony that is punishable by a maximum 12.5-year prison term. If the crime occurs in a commercial building, it is a Class 3 felony that carries a maximum 8.75-year prison term.
Second-degree felony occurs when a person enters another individual’s residence with the intent of committing a felony offense. This type of burglary is a Class 3 felony.
Lastly, third-degree burglary means entering a commercial building or another person’s car or fenced yard with the intent to commit theft. This type of burglary is a Class 4 felony, which results in a maximum 3.75-year prison sentence.
Even if you didn’t commit burglary, possession of a burglary-related tool is a Class 6 felony, which is punishable by a maximum two-year prison term.
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In burglary crime cases, the prosecution has to establish the charges beyond a reasonable doubt. So, a prosecutor needs to prove the following –
- You unlawfully breaking & entering
- Into an occupied building/structure
- With an intend to commit a crime
Our criminal defense attorneys may be able to legally thwart such attempts. Most strategies for burglary crime defense are anchored on reasonable doubt. Our experienced attorneys know how to find the loopholes in the evidence and arguments used by the prosecution in such cases.
Our goal is to get the charges dismissed but a complete defense is not always possible. For example, if the prosecution has established beyond reasonable doubt the occurrence of “unauthorized breaking and entering” but does not have rock solid evidence to prove that you had a lethal weapon (e.g. a gun, or a knife) at that time, it may be the right defense strategy to plead guilty to burglary in the 2nd degree instead of going for trial on burglary crime in the 1st degree!
In such cases, our seasoned lawyers, who have a good reputation in the Arizona legal community, can negotiate a favorable plea for our client. We assist you from start to end.
Due to the severity of the penalties upon conviction, it is in your best interest to let our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers represent you. Our firm can evaluate your case, determine your available legal options, and help you either get your case dismissed altogether or reduce the charges/penalties you face.For more information, contact us and schedule the same-day free consultation with a Phoenix burglary crime defense attorney TODAY. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you.