Burglary Attorney in NYC
Proven Criminal Defense Lawyer in New York
When a person goes into another's home unlawfully with the intent to
engage in a criminal act, it is considered burglary. If you or a loved
one have been arrested for burglary in the New York City area, get in
touch with a New York criminal defense attorney from the
Law Office of Richard Southard for legal advice.
Penalties for Burglary
Third degree burglary is considered a felony and a conviction could bring
up to seven years in jail. It is crucial for you to retain legal counsel
and representation as soon as possible. With the right defense on your
side, you can effectively fight your charges.
Second degree burglary is a violent felony punishable by 3.5 to 15 years
in prison. When a person enters a home and stays unlawfully with the intent
to commit a crime, or burglarizes a building and injures a person in the
process, they can be charged with a second degree offense.
First degree burglary is also considered a violent felony. Convictions
can bring a prison sentence of 5 to 25 years. First degree burglary occurs
when a person burglarizes a home and is either armed with a weapon or
causes harm to another person.
Burglary charges can often accompany other offenses, such as:
- Grand larceny
- Criminal possession of a weapon
- Criminal possession stolen property
If you if did not actually commit a crime or
theft on a person's property, you can still be charged with burglary. There
need only be the intent to commit a crime in order for law enforcement
to charge you under New York laws.
Attorney Southard Can Provide Counsel
Since laws regarding burglary in New York are so severe, it is vital that
you have representation from the Law Office of Richard Southard if you
have been arrested. Having a former prosecutor on your side who understands
how the prosecution thinks can give you the edge you need to beat your charges.
Don't wait to
contact an experienced
criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with burglary!