If you or a loved one is charged with burglary, you’re in a difficult situation. Burglary charges can be hard to shake off – particularly if law enforcement has found stolen property. That’s why you need an experienced attorney who can work on your behalf to have the charges dropped or reduced. Paul Ramos will mount a vigorous defense on your behalf and create the type of doubt in the minds of prosecutors and jurors that will create the best possible outcome.
In order to obtain a burglary conviction, a prosecutor has to prove that you entered the building without permission. That’s called trespass.
In Arizona, criminal trespass is a class 3 misdemeanor, which can carry a 30-day jail sentence and a $500 fine. Second-degree trespass is a class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by up to four months in jail and a $750 fine. A first-degree trespass, such as a home invasion or armed burglary, is a class 6 felony, which can bring a year or two in prison and a fine.
A charge of burglary in the third degree is entering a fenced yard or non-residential structure. That’s a class 4 felony. Residential burglary is treated much more harshly and can be classified as a class 3 felony. If the accused was in possession of a deadly weapon, that becomes a class 2 felony.
You can also be convicted of possessing, buying, or selling burglary tools, such as a master key, a crowbar, bolt cutters, or lock picks. Typically, possession is a misdemeanor.
There are many ways to win a burglary case in Arizona, as well as ways to get the charges reduced and penalties minimized. Some of the most common defenses Paul Ramos uses are:
If you’ve been accused of burglary, the time to act is NOW. You need an attorney by your side – but not just any attorney. Paul Ramos has been fighting and winning burglary cases for nearly 30 years.
We have a solid track record of getting burglary charges dismissed in Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, and cities and towns across Arizona. We’re standing by, ready to help you navigate Arizona’s complex criminal justice system.
Call us. We’ll deliver the aggressive defense you deserve and fight to prevent you from having a conviction haunt you for the rest of your life.
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