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Burglary / Burglary Charges

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Are you facing Burglary charges in Chicago?

Call a Chicago burglary lawyer at 800-228-7295 for legal help with burglary charges.

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What is Burglary? Is burglary a felony?

Under Illinois Law (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. Under Illinois law, it is not enough that someone illegally enters a building or a motor vehicle. The Chicago 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.

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

The Chicago burglary lawyers at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with Burglary throughout Cook County and Chicago land. Let the extensive experience and the impressive track record of the Chicago criminal defense lawyers at Legal Defenders, PC go to work for you to evaluate your burglary charges 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 Chicago 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 charges case if such violations did occur.

What is Residential Burglary?

Under Illinois Law, (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 person must intend to commit a felony or theft. If the prosecutor is unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the client intended to commit a felony or theft, it is much likely that the defendant will be charged with Criminal Trespass to Residence which is a Class A misdemeanor which court supervision is available as an alternative to jail.

Because the Chicago 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 Criminal Trespass to a regular Burglary.

Residential Burglary is considered a much more serious crime than regular Burglary. Residential Burglary is considered a Class 1 felony which is punishable from 4 to 15 years in prison and probation is not available.

The Illinois criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, PC will examine every detail of your Residential Burglary case to achieve the best possible outcome under the circumstances. The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., understand that the difference between Burglary and Residential Burglary. Because 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.

Possession of Burglary Tools

Under Illinois Law, (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 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 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.

Why Hire The Legal Defenders for Your 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 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!

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The Chicago burglary lawyers  at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with Burglary

To discuss your particular Burglary crime, contact the experienced Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders

Why do you need a lawyer for your burglary case?

The Chicago burglary lawyers at the Legal Defenders, PC will examine all aspects of your case and look for 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.

 

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