Burglary is a theft crime that involves a person willfully entering any building or property without permission and with the intent to commit a felony or theft while inside. This legal definition creates an expansive gray area, as it is not necessary for an actual crime or theft to occur in order to prosecute a person for burglary.
All that is required is intent, which is a crucial element to establish or defend against. At Patel Law, PC our criminal defense team has handled countless burglary cases involving a full range of charges, situations and clients. Throughout our firm's years of experience, we have learned what works when it comes to defending against burglary and the methods prosecutors use to prove intent and gain convictions. With this insight, we are better equipped to protect clients from incredibly harsh criminal penalties.
Illinois Burglary Offenses
Under § 720.19.1 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, there are several different types of burglary charges. Generally, a standard burglary charge is a Class 2 felony, and a burglary committed in a school, place of worship and other specific facility can be prosecuted as Class 1 felonies. Some of the burglary charges our firm is prepared to defend against include:
- Possession of burglary tools
- Unlawful sale of burglary tools
- Residential burglary
- Criminal trespass to a residence
- Home invasion
Charges will always vary from case to case. When certain aggravating circumstances are involved, such as the use of a weapon, criminal penalties can be greatly enhanced. If you wish to reduce your risk of suffering large fines and lengthy prison sentences, working with a reputable theft crimes lawyer should be your main priority.
We understand what is at risk during burglary cases and we work passionately to fight for the freedom and future of the clients we represent. We work as a team and devote the collective efforts of our firm toward obtaining the most favorable results possible. As we are available 24/7 and remain attentive to the needs of our clients, you have no reason not to work with attorneys who truly have your back. Contact Patel Law, PC to meet our team and learn about the ways in which we can help.