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Santa Clarita Burglary Defense Attorney

Burglary is defined as illegally entering or remaining in a structure with the intent of committing a crime once inside. This may include any felony offense or theft. The key part in a burglary case is the intent of the defendant. The defendant must have, at the time of entry, had the intention of committing theft or a felony. Whether the intended offense was carried out is not a relevant part of securing a burglary conviction. The prosecution need only prove that the defendant unlawfully entered or remained in the property with the intention of committing theft or a felony, such as aggravated assault, rape, etc. Forced entry is also not a requirement in burglary charges, so long as the entry was unlawful.

Were you arrested because you are suspected of committing burglary? Was someone you love taken into custody? Immediately contact a Santa Clarita criminal defense attorney at our law firm and find out what rights and options you have in addressing this serious situation.

Defense for Burglary Charges in Santa Clarita

A defendant convicted of burglary in Santa Clarita may face varied penalties depending on whether he or she was charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense. Burglary is charged as a misdemeanor only if the structure entered was unoccupied. Burglary of an occupied dwelling is a felony offense that may be punishable by up to 6 years in prison. It may also result in a "strike" on a defendant's criminal record, resulting in enhanced penalties for future felony convictions.

Make sure you have the aggressive defense representation you need to challenge your burglary charges. With experience as a former prosecutor and certified Criminal Law Specialist, David M. Wallin can provide you with the criminal defense counsel you deserve.

Contact a Santa Clarita criminal defense lawyer at our firm today to talk about your burglary charges.

Why Hire The Law Offices of David M. Wallin

  • Former Prosecutor

    Our founding lawyer is a former Deputy District Attorney.

  • Certified Expert

    He is also one of the rare criminal law specialists in the state.

  • 50+ Years of Combined Experience

    Our team offers the trial-tested defense you deserve.

  • Available 24/7

    We are prepared to take immediate action for our clients.