Burglary Law

Burglary law refers to the prosecution and defense of crimes in which the defendant is accused of entering into or remaining inside a structure with the intent of committing a theft or other serious illegal act. The offense is usually treated as a felony, meaning that convicted individuals face a year or more in prison. Many states impose enhanced penalties if the structure entered into is a home, or if it was occupied at the time the crime was committed.

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  • Burglary in New Jersey: The Crime and the Punishment
      by HG.org

    Individuals who are facing burglary charges in New Jersey should have a firm understanding of what this crime entails and the potential consequences they face. A New Jersey criminal defense lawyer can help provide these explanations and protect the defendantís rights during this process.

  • Defending Burglary, Robbery and Theft Related Charges in Philadelphia

    Burglary, robbery, and theft-related charges in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania carry serious consequences which will affect your life now and in the future.

  • Will Police Spy on You Through Your Phone?

    Recently, the Supreme Court agreed to review a case out of the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that addresses Fourth Amendment rights and cell phones. The case is Carpenter vs. United States and is significant because it can change the way digital information is accessed by police and if the access would require a warrant. Moreover, the ruling on this case has the potential to strengthen or seriously weaken the protections afforded by the Fourth Amendment in regards to surveillance.

  • Burglary: Beyond Breaking and Entering
      by HG.org

    Burglary is known as an activity where someone illegally enters some structure, home or building with the intent to commit a crime such as theft. These incidents usually transpire during nighttime hours, and the penalties are often severe when conviction is the end result of being caught.

  • Key Differences between Robbery and Burglary
      by HG.org

    The key differences with robbery and burglary could determine sentencing that is light or heavy, fines that may be minor or excessive and other penalties. It is imperative to understand which is worse, how they affect the case and what to do when charges are issued.

  • What Is Commercial Burglary and What Defenses Might Apply?
      by HG.org

    Commercial burglary is defined as the act or intent of entering some type of commercial property that may include a store, office or similar structure that usually involves a theft of some type. Defenses may include pleading innocence, attempting to explain it away as a different crime or similar matters.

  • What Elements Must Be Proven to Secure a Burglary Conviction?
      by HG.org

    The unlawful entry into a property with the intention of committing a crime is usually considered burglary. There are certain elements that must be proven by the prosecution when a conviction may be the end result of the case.

  • Types of Structures that Can Be Burglarized
      by HG.org

    There are a variety of locations that are more vulnerable to burglary attacks, and it is important to know which types of force and building may be affected by these illegal acts. The property may reflect what amount of force is needed to illegally enter, and security measures may reveal how much is stolen.

  • Penalties and Consequences of a Burglary Conviction
      by HG.org

    Burglary is a serious crime that is often attached to other charges such as assault, battery, assault with a deadly weapon and similar issues. The penalties usually include prison terms, severe fines and various other sentences that may involve community service and reeducation programs.

  • How Prosecutors Prove the Value of Property Involved in Burglary and Theft Charges
      by HG.org

    When confronted with a case of burglary and theft, a prosecutor needs to prove beyond a shadow of a reasonable doubt that the accused individual is guilty. In order to do this, he or she needs to provide evidence that certain element exist, motive and opportunity.

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