Minnesota Burglary Defense Attorneys
Charged with burglary in St. Paul or Minneapolis?
Burglary is a serious theft crime that occurs when a person knowingly breaks the law by entering into a home, automobile, business or other structure with the intention of committing a crime once inside the structure. The imposition of a burglary charge is reliant on whether there was also intent to commit a crime once an illegal trespass has been made.
Burglary Charges and Penalties
Minnesota imposes mandatory minimum sentences for burglary convictions, and so it is critical to seek the services of a skilled criminal defense attorney who can help. The charges and penalties for burglary depend upon the factors involved in the defense.
- Fourth degree burglary involves unlawful entry of a structure with the intention of committing a misdemeanor other than stealing, and is punishable by up to one year in prison and fines not exceeding $3,000.
- Third degree burglary involves unlawfully entering a building with the intent to steal or commit a gross misdemeanor, and offenders can be imprisoned for up to 5 years and pay fines not exceeding $10,000.
- Second degree burglary is charged if the structure is a dwelling where people live, if a section of the building contains a bank or other securities-related business, pharmacy or other business where controlled substances are kept. Those who are found guilty of this charge may face up to 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.
- First degree burglary is reserved for those who unlawfully enter a dwelling while a resident is there, for those who commit assault against a resident in the building, or possesses a dangerous weapon.
Effective Burglary Defense for Clients in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN
Mohammad, Schiks and Jaafar, P.A. has extensive experience in advocating for the best interests of those throughout Minnesota who have been accused of burglary of any degree. Our firm focuses on getting to know our clients and the circumstances of their arrest in order to build a well-rounded defense that can establish sufficient doubt in the eyes of a jury.
We are very effective in court, and will aggressively pursue every viable option and fight hard to pursue a favorable resolution. Contact Mohammad, Schiks and Jaafar, P.A. if you are facing charges for burglary in Minneapolis or St. Paul, and would like the best possible opportunity for success in court.