Burglary Charges

Why You Need an Skilled CRIMINAL LAWYER to DEFEND AGAINST Burglary Charges

Burglary charges are taken very seriously by Illinois prosecutors. In a way, this is understandable, as burglary can involve the invasion of privacy and a violation of the safety one feels in one’s own home. On the other hand, many cases that are charged as burglary are really nothing more than trespassing and/or theft charges. These offenses carry lower penalties and the proper legal presentation to prosecutors, judges and juries can mean the difference between felonies and misdemeanors, thousands of dollars in fines and months or years in jail or prison.

Burglary FAQ

I didn’t do anything. Why am I being charged with burglary?2022-07-11T18:34:51+00:00

You could be charged with burglary even if a crime was not committed. For example, if the owner walked in before the crime was committed or if you entered someone’s car and simply moved personal belongings around.

How does “intent” play into burglary charges?2022-07-11T18:21:17+00:00

Intent is a key aspect in any burglary case. First, the prosecution must establish intent as a basic element of committing a burglary. Burglary oftentimes involves a person entering another’s property or residence and taking something.

What most people don’t realize is that under the burglary statute (720 ILCS 5/19-1), you can be charged with burglary for entering or remaining, without permission, within a building, house-trailer, watercraft, aircraft, motor vehicle, or railroad car with intent to commit therein a felony or theft.

What is residential burglary?2022-07-11T18:36:09+00:00

If a person enters a home and commits a felony or theft they will be charged with residential burglary (under 720 ILCS 5/19-3). Residential burglary is a very different situation from standard burglary and the law is much harsher. Residential burglary is a Class 1 felony, punishable by between 4-15 years in prison. It is also a non-probationable offense, which means the prison sentence is mandatory unless the charges are amended or reduced.

That’s why it’s imperative to have experienced, knowledgeable legal representation. If you’ve been charged with a residential burglary, call 773-791-9682.

Get Started: Free Burglary Case Consultation

Burglary cases are very nuanced. There are numerous factors that can be highlighted, argued and challenged to mitigate, reduce and dismiss charges. Some of these factors include: whether drug or alcohol addiction is involved or whether mental illness played a role. Was the intent to find a warm place to sleep on a cold Chicago night? These are just a few issues that must be explored and analyzed when handling a burglary case. These complexities are why having a skillful and experienced defense attorney can make such a big difference. 

Criminal Attorney Purav Bhatt has been obtaining dismissals, acquittals, and reductions in sentences for over a decade. If you, or a loved one are fighting a burglary charge, call  (773) 791-9682 or email to schedule a FREE Consultation.

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