Burglary / Robbery
Fullerton Burglary Attorneys
Burglary is the crime of entering a property that is not your own, or a property that you do not have permission to enter, with an intention of committing a theft or felony crime. Burglary can be a first- or second-degree felony in Orange County, California. If a person enters a home with an intent to commit theft or a felony, then that is considered a first-degree burglary. A first-degree burglary charge will result in a “strike” if the individual is convicted. Entering another property that is not a home with an intent to commit theft or a felony is considered a second-degree burglary. Also known as “commercial burglary,” second-degree burglary typically occurs in businesses or private, non-home properties.
First-degree burglary and second-degree burglary are considered felonies, but only a second-degree burglary can be filed or reduced to a misdemeanor, given the proper circumstances. Any residential burglaries will result in a felony charge.
There are several factors that help determine a sentence for burglary conviction in California. A residential burglary is treated more severely than commercial burglary, but the facts and issues of each case will make either type of burglary variable. Theft charges are typically latched onto burglary charges, since the most common intent to commit a crime when entering a home or property unwarranted is theft. However, other crimes include sex crimes, homicide, assault and many more. Depending on the “intent” of the burglary, a person can face a higher sentence, if convicted, for a burglary charge.
If you have been accused and charged with burglary combined with any other crime, call Corrigan | Welbourn | Stokke. Our skilled criminal defense attorneys in Orange County have what it takes to make sure that your rights are protected, and the charges against you are dropped or reduced. We are ready and able to represent you in state or federal courts.
Potential Defenses | Fullerton Burglary Lawyers
The most crucial element in a criminal defense for a burglary charge is to prove whether the accused person had an actual intent to commit an underlying crime when the home or business was entered. Oftentimes, prosecution has to rely on circumstantial or hearsay to prove the intent. There is a problem with this type of evidence, and that is reasonable interpretation. That is why you need to call Corrigan | Welbourn | Stokke. We will represent you for burglary charges in Orange County.
Corrigan | Welbourn | Stokke is located in Orange County and represents surrounding areas including Newport Beach, Westminster, Santa Ana, and Fullerton. Call Corrigan | Welbourn | Stokke today to schedule a free case evaluation.