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.
We Care About Your Future
Unlike many criminal firms that are solely focused on the hear and now, our seasoned legal experts are committed to making sure that we help develop a strategy or plan for the next stage of your life.
Certified Criminal Law Specialist
Attorney David M. Wallin not only has over three decades of legal experience, but is also a certified criminal law specialist - a distinction that roughly only 180 attorneys in the entire state of California have earned.
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We're committed to charging a competitive rate for our legal services and offer a variety of financing options. We believe that quality legal representation shouldn't be reserved for those with vast financial means.
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Unlike most criminal defense firms that only have one attorney on staff, we have a team of legal professionals working together to provide our clients with a complex legal strategy to maximize their chances of a positive outcome.
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At The Law Offices of David M. Wallin, we want to make sure that we're completely honest with our clients and their family. At every step of the process, we'll be communicating with you to keep you up to date on any changes to your case.
At The Law Offices of David M. Wallin, we know that the state will do everything in their power to make sure you end up behind bars. Because we know this, we'll actively work toward making sure your rights are protected and that your case is treated with the utmost care and urgency.