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Burglary/Burglary Charges – Cook County, Illinois

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Call a Chicago Burglary and Residential Burglary attorney at 312-229-5500 for legal help with your Burglary and Residential Burglary charges.  We can help.

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What is Burglary?

Under (720 ILCS 5/19-1), a person commits a burglary if they: 1) enter or without authority remains within a building, house trailer, watercraft, aircraft, motor vehicle as defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code, railroad car, or any part thereof, with 2) intent to commit therein a felony or theft.  It is not enough that someone illegally enters a building or a motor vehicle.  The Cook County criminal defense attorneys understand that in order to convict someone of a Burglary, the state is required to prove that they entered a house or a motor vehicle with the intent to steal something or to commit another felony.

Burglary is considered a Class 2 felony which is punishable from between 3 to 7 years in jail.  However, as an alternative to jail, up to 4 years of probation may be available if you have not been convicted of a class 2 felony or greater within the previous 10 years.

The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with Burglary in all the Cook County courthouses.  Let the extensive experience and the impressive track record of the Cook County criminal defense lawyers at Legal Defenders, PC go to work for you to evaluate your Burglary case to determine what is the best defense for you.  The prosecutor has to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  The Illinois criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in creating reasonable doubt in Burglary cases.  In addition, the Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders will carefully examine the police reports to examine if your rights have been violated and will not hesitate to file the appropriate Motions to dismiss your Burglary case if such violations did occur.

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What is Residential Burglary?

Under (720 ILCS 5/19-3), a person commits a residential burglary if they 1) knowingly and without authority enters or knowingly and without authority remains within the 2) dwelling place of another, or any part thereof, 3) with the intent to commit therein a felony or theft.  It is important to note that the prosecution must prove that you must have intended to commit a felony or theft.  If the prosecutor is unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you intended to commit a felony or theft, it is likely that you will be charged with Criminal Trespass to Residence which is a Class A misdemeanor.  Court Supervision is available as an alternative to jail.

Because the Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C. have extensive experience representing clients charged with Residential Burglary, they are often able to get the charges reduced to a regular Burglary or to Criminal Trespass.

Residential Burglary is considered a much more serious crime than regular Burglary.  Residential Burglary is a Class 1 felony which carries 4 to 15 years in prison.  Probation is not available for a Residential Burglary.

The Illinois criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, PC will examine every detail of your Residential Burglary case to achieve the best possible outcome.  The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., understand the difference between Burglary and Residential Burglary.  Because of the difference in the punishment between Burglary and Residential Burglary is so significant, the extensive experience of an attorney at the Illinois criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., can mean the difference between victory and defeat, or prison or probation.

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Possession of Burglary Tools

Under (720 ILCS 5/19 2), a person commits the offense of Possession of Burglary Tools when they (1) possess any key, tool, instrument, device, or any explosive, suitable for use in breaking into a building, house trailer, watercraft, aircraft, motor vehicle as defined in The Illinois Vehicle Code, railroad car, or any depository designed for the safekeeping of property, or any part thereof, with (2) intent to enter any such place and with intent to commit therein a felony or theft.  In most cases, a person is charged with Possession of Burglary Tools along with a Burglary or a Residential Burglary.  In such cases, Possession of Burglary tools is the least serious charge.  However, if the only charge is Possession of Burglary Tools, it is much harder for the prosecution to prove their case because the prosecutor is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the client had the intent to steal something.  The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., have extensive experience in representing clients charged with Possession of Burglary Tools.  Put the valuable and extensive experience of The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., to work for you to give you the best chance of winning your case.

Possession of Burglary Tools is a Class 4 Felony that is punishable by a potential prison sentence of 1 to 3 years. However, probation is available as an alternative to jail.

Why Hire The Legal Defenders for Your Burglary Case in Cook County?

The Cook County criminal defense attorneys at the Legal Defenders, PC. will examine all aspects of your Burglary case and will use their experience to win your case or get your case dismissed.

In the alternative, we will use our negotiating skills to convince the court and the prosecutor to come with an effective and constructive sentencing option that gives you the best chance of avoiding jail and fines.

The Illinois criminal defense lawyers at Legal Defenders, P.C. have a proven track record of results in Burglary Charges and Residential Burglary cases.  Put that experience and the proven track record to work for you!

If you are facing Burglary or Residential Burglary charges in Cook County, give us a call.  We can help.

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Possession of Burglary Tools

A person commits the offense of Possession of Burglary Tools when they (1) possess any key, tool, instrument, device, or any explosive, suitable for use in breaking into a building, house trailer, watercraft, aircraft, motor vehicle as defined in The Illinois Vehicle Code, railroad car, or any depository designed for the safekeeping of property, or any part thereof, with (2) intent to enter any such place and with intent to commit therein a felony or theft.  In most cases, a client is charged with Possession of Burglary Tools along with a Burglary or a Residential Burglary.  In such cases, Possession of Burglary tools is the least serious charge faced by the client.  However, if the only charge is Possession of Burglary Tools, it is much harder for the prosecution to prove their case because the prosecutor is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the client had the Burglary Tools on their possession with the intent to steal something.  The Chicago Burglary lawyers at Legal Defenders, P.C., have extensive experience in representing clients charged with Possession of Burglary Tools.  Put the valuable and extensive experience of the Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., to work for you to give you the best chance of winning your case.

Possession of Burglary Tools is a Class 4 Felony that is punishable from 1 to 3 years.  However, probation is available as an alternative to jail.

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Why Hire The Legal Defenders for Your Cook County Burglary Case?

The Chicago burglary lawyers at the Legal Defenders, PC. will examine all aspects of your burglary charges case and will use their experience to win your case or get your case dismissed.

In the alternative, we will use our negotiating skills to convince the court and the prosecutor to come up with an effective and constructive sentencing option that gives you the best chance of avoiding jail and fines.

The Illinois criminal defense lawyers at Legal Defenders, P.C. have a proven track record of results in Burglary Charges and Residential Burglary cases.  Put that experience and the proven track record to work for you!

If you are being charged with Burglary in Cook County, give us a call.  We can help.

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Are you facing Burglary or Residential Burglary charges in Cook County?

Call a Chicago Burglary and Residential Burglary lawyer at 312-229-5500 for legal help with your Burglary and Residential Burglary charges.  We can help.

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*Felony cases in Cook County are held at The George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse located at 2600 S. California Avenue, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview and Markham.
*Preliminary Hearings and Misdemeanor cases are held at all the Branch Courthouses and also at Grand and Central, Belmont and Western, 51st and Wentworth, 111th Street and Harrison and Kedzie.
*Central Bond Court is located at The George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse, 2600 S. California Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60608.
*Domestic Battery and Domestic Violence cases are held at 555 W. Harrison, Chicago, Illinois 60607.
*Juvenile cases are held at 1100 S. Hamilton, Chicago, Illinois 60612.
*Traffic Court is at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602.
*For Court schedules, judge assignments and other information, see the Court’s webpage at: http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/

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The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with Burglary.  Our experienced and seasoned attorneys will give you the best chance of winning your case.

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Why You Need Us For Your Burglary Case?

The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at the Legal Defenders, PC will examine all aspects of your case and will use their experience to win your case or get your case dismissed.  We always put our clients first.  We will keep you informed of the progress of your case and look for every angle to win your case.  We understand that your future is at stake and will approach the handling of your case like it was our own case.

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We've helped hundreds avoid jail, fines or both. In criminal cases, winning is everything.
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We have at least 15 years of experience. We spend our days in Court — we are aware of changes to the laws and local court. We know what we are doing!
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Our fees are very reasonable. We do not bill by the hour. We evaluate your case and quote you a reasonable flat fee. Straight talk and fair fees!
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We only take criminal cases. Beware of attorneys who claim to be criminal defense attorneys that are really real estate attorneys and divorce attorneys. Our attorneys only handle criminal cases.
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