Understanding the Crime of Burglary in California
A burglary is a property crime that can result in a fine and jail time. More than 17,000 burglaries were reported in Los Angeles in 2010
A burglary is defined as the unauthorized entry, done either with or without force, into a specified area with the intent to commit a theft. This area could be a house, vehicle or commercial building. A residential burglary can be considered a "strike" under California's "three strikes" law.
In California, there are actually two levels of burglary. If committed in an area where people are residing, it is a residential burglary, which is the first degree of the crime. If considered a felony, the crime can result in a prison sentence of up to six years and a fine of not more than $10,000. If the crime targets a business, it is considered a second degree burglary. Prosecuted as a felony, the crime can result in a prison sentence of up to three years and a fine that may be as high as that imposed in a first-degree conviction. However, the crime may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor.
There are many defenses to the crime of burglary. It will take the assistance of an experienced defense attorney for the defendant to have a chance of obtaining an acquittal or a reduced sentence. Our attorney Craig Sturm is rated a Top Los Angeles Trial Lawyer and has a perfect 10 rating from AVVO. Fill out a free consultation form for his honest opinion on your case and to begin your defense today.