Twin Cities Burglary Lawyer, Attorney
Have you been accused of commercial or residential burglary in Minnesota?
If you have been accused of commercial or residential burglary in Minnesota, you need representation to help you receive a fair result.
In the case of burglary, a person can be charged with the crime if he or she has entered a home or building without consent from the owner. This is even truer when the structure is entered with the intent to commit a crime.
There are 4 separate degrees in which the state of Minnesota divides the burglary crime. These degrees include: Burglary in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th degree. The first three are all felony offenses, which could land a person in prison for a term of up to 20 years. A 4th degree burglary offense is considered a gross misdemeanor.
However, what degree a person is charged with depends on a number of factors. For example, the following are some of the details that are reviewed:
- Whether or not the building was a dwelling
- Whether or not there were occupants in the building at the time of the crime
- Whether or not a dangerous weapon was in possession at the time of the crime
- Whether or not an assault took place
A person can even be charged with a felonious burglary charge for having possession of tools normally used in a burglary. These tools include explosives or any device if the intent is to commit a burglary. It doesn’t matter if the burglary was never fully started or completed.
A person can also be charged with having possession of code grabbing devices. These devices are used to disarm security systems and intercept the codes of garage door openers.
The penalties that come with a burglary charge can be quite stiff. A person can receive a long prison sentence, jail time in the local jail, probation, high fines, community service, or restitution. If a dwelling is occupied, an individual can receive a sentence as little as 6 months in a local jail or as much as 20 years in prison.
The fact of the matter here is that good people don’t belong in jail or in prison. Good people also do not deserve to have to pay high fines that they cannot afford. This is why it is important to not face burglary charges all alone. There are ways to make sure the resolution is fair and just.
What to do now
If you or a loved one has been accused of burglary in Minnesota, you need to have representation in order to achieve a fair verdict. You need a voice in the criminal justice system and one that has a good track record of challenging burglary charges in Minnesota.
When you don’t have representation, you may be missing out on opportunities to ensure the criminal justice system works for your particular situation.
So call the Gearin Law Office at 651-731-4900 so that you can receive a free consultation in order to evaluate your case and advise you of what steps you need to take to be treated the way that you deserve to be treated within the criminal justice system.