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Arrested on Burglary Charges in Pennsylvania?
Defend Your Rights with an Aggressive, Experienced Defense Lawyer!
Burglary is a felony charge where you could be facing serious jail time. With any serious felony criminal charge, you need to take action right away to preserve all of the legal defense options available to you.
If you don’t act right away, you may lose the chance to investigate the evidence against you and give up your best opportunities, and get the charges reduced or dismissed. Contact us for a free criminal defense legal consultation on your Pennsylvania burglary arrest as soon as possible.
What is Burglary?
Under Pennsylvania criminal laws, burglary is defined as entering a building illegally with the intent to commit a crime.
Burglary is charged as a first degree felony in most cases, if the alleged burglary took place in someone’s home, or other people were present at the time of the incident.
If the building is not a home (adapted for overnight accommodation) AND if no one is present at the time of entry, Pennsylvania law classifies it as a second degree felony burglary.
Also note that the law states “A person may not be convicted both for burglary and for the offense which it was his intent to commit after the burglarious entry or for an attempt to commit that offense, unless the additional offense constitutes a felony of the first or second degree.”
Typically, this means if you are also accused of theft during a burglary, they can’t also charge you with the theft offense unless it is a serious felony theft charge.
How to Fight a Burglary Charge in PA
We can attack each element of the charge individually to challenge the commonwealth’s evidence. Can they prove that you entered the building as they claimed? What is the evidence? Are there witnesses to establish that beyond a reasonable doubt?
In many cases, it makes sense to try to get the charges reduced to theft or another charge, especially if we can the charges reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Free Consultation for Legal Defense of Burglary Charges in PA
With any criminal charge, particularly a serious felony like burglary where you are facing jail time, you need top legal advice to work with you to reduce the risk of such severe punishments. Call us, and we’ll tell you exactly what we can do to help.
For a free, no obligation legal consultation on defending your criminal burglary charges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, contact us or call us right away at (888) 412-3298 .
We represent clients in criminal cases across Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Carlisle and Lancaster, and Bucks, Montgomery, Northampton, and Lehigh Counties. Call today, there is no obligation! (888) 412-3298