Modesto Burglary Charges

Types of Burglary Charges

First degree burglary also known as residential burglary is a class 2 felony, second degree burglary also known as commercial burglary is a class 3 felony. Under the California penal code 459, burglary is “entering a room, structure or locked vehicle with the intent to commit a felony once inside.”

Note - Regardless of whether or not there was a forced entry, prosecutors can charge you with a “breaking and entering” offense.

Burglary Penalties in California

First degree burglary is always a felony, but whether second degree burglary can be filed as a misdemeanor or felony depending 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

Experienced Modesto Burglary Legal Counsel

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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