Mankato Burglary Lawyer
Burglary is the act of illegally entering a dwelling or other property with the intent to commit a crime of theft. While theft is the most common crime committed or attempted during burglary, any type of crime can apply since burglary can sometimes involve another crime. The exact charge is going to depend on the type of property that was entered, the act that was performed before, during, and after the trespass, and if any other criminal acts occurred during the commission of the crime.
If you have been charged with burglary, you need a Southern Minnesota burglary lawyer to help you through the legal process. This means working to get you out of jail as soon as possible so you can go home and then standing with you and advocating for you throughout the legal process. This is so you can receive the best outcome possible.
Degrees Of Burglary
There are four degrees of burglary. Which is charged depends on the following:
- First Degree Burglary – Burglary of a home or dwelling while someone is present, possessing a dangerous weapon or an object made to look like a weapon, or assaulting another person when committing the offense.
- Second Degree Burglary – Burglary of a home or dwelling when no one is present, robbing a bank or other financial institution that receives securities, or robbing a pharmacy by threats or force.
- Third Degree Burglary – Burglary in any other case not covered by First or Second Degree; the entering of a building without consent. Third Degree is considered a felony or gross misdemeanor.
- Fourth Degree Burglary – Burglary under other circumstances in which the defendant allegedly enters a structure without consent and commits a misdemeanor that is not theft.
If you are charged with any of these, even if it is considered a misdemeanor, you don’t have to sit back and take the charges. You have rights that need to be preserved and you have a future to fight for.
Comprehensive Burglary Defense
When you are accused of Burglary, the first thing to do is contact your Mankato burglary attorney before saying anything to the authorities. From there, we may be able to have you released from jail on bond. The next step is to examine the evidence against you. As a part of this examination, we see if the evidence was illegally obtained. If it was, then it cannot be used against you. Next, we see if the evidence indicates you. If it does not, we will fight the evidence to prove your innocence or what really happened in the case so that charges are not falsely inflated against you. If the evidence is overwhelming, it is still possible to negotiate a plea bargain or have the charges reduced, which can minimize the penalties if convicted.
Contact A Southern Minnesota Burglary Attorney
A burglary accusation is not one to be taken lightly. If you have been accused of burglary, a conviction could result in a serious sentence that includes prison time, fines, and restitution. To avoid conviction or achieve a reduction in the charges so that the penalties are not as severe, it is imperative to have an experienced attorney working by your side. To learn about what Birkholz Law, LLC can do for you, call the Mankato office at 507-387-2100, the St. James office at 507-375-3374, or the Westbrook office at 507-274-6501 for a free consultation.