Modesto Burglary Charges

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Under the California penal code 459, burglary is defined as “entering a room, structure or locked vehicle with the intent to commit a felony once inside.” Burglary charges can result in serious penalties, which is why it’s important to retain the counsel of a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer in Modesto.

Types of Charges for Burglary

First degree burglary – also referred to as residential burglary – involves the entrance of a structure or building where people are living (house, apartment, or hotel room). Regardless of whether or not there was a forced entry, prosecutors can charge you with a “breaking and entering” offense. Second degree burglary, or commercial burglary, involves any store or business and can be filed as a misdemeanor or felony.

Potential Penalties for Burglary

First degree burglary is always a felony, but whether second degree burglary is filed as a misdemeanor or felony depends on the circumstances in which the offense took place and your past criminal record.

Penalties for first degree burglary can include:

  • Up to six years in state prison
  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Counts as a strike under California’s three strikes law

Penalties for second degree burglary charged as a misdemeanor can include:

  • Up to one year in county jail
  • Up to $1,000 in fines

Penalties for second degree burglary charged as a felony can include:

  • Up to three years in state prison
  • Up to $10,000 in fines

Our Modesto Firm Can Help

Retaining a strong and aggressive Modesto criminal lawyer is the first step in getting the help you need. Mark Girdner is familiar with California law and can offer the assistance necessary when you or a loved one is facing charges. The Law Offices of Mark Girdner is experienced in defending clients against all types of theft crimes and can proved the dedicated and effective legal advocacy needed to protect your rights.

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