Charged with burglary in Chicago?
Burglary is somewhat unique as a theft crime because to be classified as such, there must be an intent to steal or to commit a felony in addition to unlawful entrance into a building, home, or property. It is possible that an individual could be charged with burglary simply for trespassing or breaking and entering if the prosecution can find evidence or misconstrue the fact in order to show criminal intent. Burglary is a serious crime with serious consequences, and should be handled by a professional Chicago criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege.
Burglary is a Class 2 felony, meaning you could be facing 3 to 7 years in prison if you are convicted. If you have a prior felony record, the sentence could increase. Additionally, residential burglary is an aggravated offense: it is a Class 1 felony and carries a sentence of 4 to 15 years in prison without the possibility of parole. If you are to retain your freedom, it is imperative that you hire an experienced burglary defense attorney who will work tirelessly to protect your future.
Skilled Burglary Lawyer in Chicago
Our Chicago criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience fighting on behalf of individuals accused of burglary. We understand the stakes and will do everything in our power to keep you out of prison. It is possible that we could have your charges reduced to a misdemeanor crime, that we could have your case dismissed before trial due to violations of your rights or legal procedure, or that we could prove your innocence by providing reasonable doubt against the charges. Call our office today to schedule a complimentary case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable lawyers.
Whether you feel that you have been unfairly accused or you are facing an all too familiar situation of retail theft charges, there is help available. Juveniles and adults alike have all been found guilty of stealing or committing acts of felony theft, which makes it vitally important to seek legal counsel as soon as any arrest or accusation has been made. The stakes are too high, and what you have to lose is too important to consider anything other than aggressive legal defense on your behalf.
Contact a Chicago criminal attorney at the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege for more information about our criminal defense and other legal services.