Mounting a Defense Against a Burglary Charge in San Diego
If you are accused of committing a burglary in San Diego, you must mount a solid defense with the help of an attorney to give you the best chance of preserving your freedom.
Burglary is considered one of the most common forms of theft and is defined as breaking and entering into a structure with the intent to commit a crime within that structure. That structure could be a home, a garage, a vehicle, a commercial business, a warehouse, a plane, a boat, or any other similar vessel or container. Most often, the crime that a burglar commits is theft.
Burglary Crimes Are Often Committed with Other Crimes
A defendant can be charged with a burglary crime, but in many cases, once they are inside a structure, aside from theft, they may also commit other types of crimes as well. For example, if a family is home when a person breaks in, and then assaults, kidnaps or murders one of those people, a burglary is just one of many charges a defendant may be facing.
According to California laws, a person can be charged with first-degree burglary if they break into an inhabited dwelling, even if nobody is inside the dwelling at the time of the crime. This could result in a felony conviction punishable by up to six years in jail, fines, probation, and restitution to any victims. A second-degree burglary can be charged when a case does not qualify as first-degree burglary and is considered a misdemeanor or a felony that can be punished by up to three years in prison, along with fines and probation.
Possible Defenses for a San Diego Burglary Charge
When you retain Marc Kohnen, he will examine all the evidence and circumstances of your case to mount the best possible defense. Common defenses that may he may use in fighting a burglary charge on your behalf can include a claim of innocence, that a defendant had permission to enter a building, that there was lack of intent to commit a burglary or that a person was coerced into committing a burglary crime.
The Law Office of Marc S. Kohnen is a recognized criminal defense firm that serves clients in San Diego and other nearby California communities such as Chula Vista, Eastlake, National City, Mission Valley, El Cajon, La Mesa, Julian, Ramona, Vista, and San Marcos. For a free initial consultation, contact his office at (619) 398-2500 or complete this contact form.
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