Bucks County Burglary Lawyer
It is important to understand that Burglary in Pennsylvania does not necessarily conform to the common understanding of the crime. That is, you do not have to actually physically take or steal property in order to commit this crime.
Burglary in the Commonwealth is rather simply defined as entering a structure with the intent to commit a crime. This lower bar means that a great many unlawful actions may in fact constitute burglary. Given the gravity of the offense and the relatively low threshold that must be met by the prosecution, it is vital that you retain counsel if charged with this crime.
If you have been charged with Burglary, call the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today. Our Criminal Defense Attorneys can provide you with an aggressive form of representation and provide you with the assistance necessary to attain the best possible results. Call today to schedule an entirely free consultation with one of our associates.
Burglary in Pennsylvania
Burglary is not a small time crime. That is unless you consider spending as much as twenty years in prison to be of little consequence. Burglary is a felony – more serious than the lesser classification of misdemeanor – and carries with it accordingly significant penalty.
Burglary is a second degree felony unless one of these two factors were present at the time of the offense:
- (1) The building is equipped as a place for overnight stay
- (2) There were in fact other persons in the building If either of these were the case at the time of the alleged offense then it would amount to a first degree felony charge.
Possible defenses include:
- (1) The building was abandoned
- (2) The premises are generally open to the public
- (3) The defendant is otherwise permitted to enter the structure Regarding the determination of possible defenses in your specific case, it is important to provide your attorney with as much information as possible. The circumstances of your entering the building and the details of your arrest may be determinative with respect to your case.
Conspiracy to Commit Burglary
In Pennsylvania, it is a crime for two or more people to:
- (1) agree on a plan to commit a burglary, or
- (2) attempt a burglary, or
- (3) solicit another to participate in a burglary attempt.
Simply being the brains behind the crime or the lookout who never even entered the building can result in a charge of conspiracy to commit Burglary. Here, simple participation towards the ends is enough to be facing consequences on par with those charged with actual burglary. If you find yourself involved in a conspiracy to commit a burglary, contact an attorney immediately to learn how to adequately withdraw and avoid possible prosecution. The criminal defense attorneys with the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
When charged with any crime of this magnitude it is important to retain counsel. You must protect your rights and vigorously defend against the charges in order to fend off the prosecution’s attempts to put you behind bars. Whether there is a meritorious defense in your case or favorable facts that can help lead to a plea deal, it is important to be represented by counsel with your best interests in mind. Call the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today to discuss how we can help you.
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