Have you been arrested for burglary?
In Arizona, not all burglary charges are equal. If you have been arrested for burglary, you need an experienced criminal lawyer on your side.
As is the case with many other crimes, the particular offense with which you are charged can often be the function of the whim of a prosecutor. What might look like a simple instance of shoplifting, for example, may be charged in some cases as burglary. The difference is more than one of language. It could mean that instead of being charged with a misdemeanor, you are facing a serious felony.
As a former prosecutor, Mr. Black understands the manner in which criminal charges are formulated, and he is in a unique position to spot weaknesses in these cases. To appreciate what you might be up against, it is important to understand the elements of the various burglary charges.
There are three different levels of burglary charges set forth in the Arizona Criminal Code:
- Burglary in the third degree. If you are discovered in a non-residential structure, a fenced in yard or if you illegally enter a motor vehicle, and you have the intent to commit a felony or theft, you can be charged with a class four felony.
- Burglary in the second degree. The charge against you will become more serious (a class three felony) if the structure involved in your case is residential.
- Burglary in the first degree. The most severe level of burglary involves possession of explosives, deadly weapons and similar materials as a part of your intent to commit a crime. In the case of a residence, this can be charged as a class two felony.
These slight differences can have significant effects on the possible sentencing that could accompany a conviction.
In addition to burglary, there are numerous related offenses, including criminal trespass in the first, second and third degree, as well as possession of burglary tools. But whatever the specific burglary offense you are charged with, the potential penalties can be quite serious.
Attorney David Black discusses burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools
Have you been charged in Arizona with burglary, theft, possession of burglary tools or related crime? Did it happen in Phoenix, Arizona or one of the surrounding cities such as Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale…
What are the Penalties for Burglary in Arizona?
The consequences of a burglary conviction are significant: They include:
- Time in prison. All burglary charges, from first- to third-degree, can carry a sentence leading to years behind bars.
- Financial penalties. Burglary charges can also lead to costly fines, court costs and restitution for any damaged or stolen property.
- Felony record. A burglary conviction can limit both your future professional opportunities and your personal constitutional rights.
At the Law Offices of David A. Black, your case will receive the personal attention it deserves. You will be given the opportunity to ask questions and stay involved in any decision that affects your case. Mr. Black will explain your options during every step of this difficult process.
If you are facing a burglary or related charged, contact the Law Offices of David A. Black to set up a free consultation and discuss the specifics of your case. You can reach us through our website, by phone at (480) 280-8028, or at our office located at 40 North Central Ave., Suite 1400, Phoenix, Arizona, 85004.