Burglary also comes in several varieties. When most people think of burglary, they think of taking items from another’s home. However, burglary can apply to more than a home and several factors may increase or decrease the classification of this felony.
The most commonly thought of burglary is called aggravated burglary. This is when someone enters a home with the intent to commit a theft or felony. The same occurs when the entry is into a motor vehicle, but this is a lower classification known as burglary of a motor vehicle. When a business or non-livable house is broken into, it is called burglary of a building. Often when someone burglarizes a non-livable home, it is over charged as aggravated burglary. Especially aggravated burglary occurs where someone suffers serious bodily injury during the burglary.
A list of burglary offenses and their classifications and sentence ranges are as follows:
|Possession of Burglary Tools||A Misdemeanor||1 day to 11 months 29 days; up to $2500|
|Burglary of a Motor Vehicle||E Felony||1-6 years; up to $3000|
|Burglary of a Building||D Felony||2-12 years; up to $5000|
|Aggravated Burglary||C Felony||3-15 years; up to $10,000|
|Esp. Aggravated Burglary||B Felony||8-30 years; up to $25,000|
Often times, a suspect will realize that they are under investigation for a burglary well before they are arrested. It is at this point that a consultation with an attorney should be sought, before an encounter with the police. Even after an arrest has been made, consulting with an attorney should be the number one priority.
Our experienced attorneys will provide this initial consultation to you for free. We will take the time to explain the law and any available defenses to you. Once hired, we will make every effort to obtain the necessary evidence to mount the best defense available to you.