Burglary, robbery, and theft are confusing crimes. They seem very similar, but under California law, they are discrete and complex incidents. In California, burglary is akin to the term “breaking and entering.” You may be charged with burglary if the prosecution deems you were entering a structure or automobile with the intent of committing a felony once inside. Here are some examples of how you may commit burglary:
It is important to note that in the state of California, you do not have to forcibly gain entry to commit burglary. Walking into an unlocked house to take items that are not yours is still considered burglary.
These incidents may be charged as felonies or misdemeanors. Depending on the extent and location of the burglary, it may be charged as a first degree or second degree crime. Here are the general guidelines:
Being arrested can bring forth a flurry of emotions. However, if you are arrested, it is important to keep a level head. First, you should never answer any questions about the incident without legal representation present. Police officers and prosecuting attorneys are trained to coax information out of you in tricky ways. You may offer information that incriminates you without even realizing it. For that reason, you should remain silent until your lawyer arrives.
At the Law Offices of Graham Donath, we believe it is important to keep our clients informed every step of the process. That being said, every single case is unique, and it is impossible to make an exhaustive list of defense tactics we use to defend our clients. However, there are a few common approaches we can use to get your charges reduced or dismissed:
The key to securing the best outcome possible is to obtain the services of a criminal defense lawyer who will defend you tirelessly. If you are ready for an initial consultation, do not hesitate to contact our office.