Burglary is the crime of illegally entering a property with the intent to commit a crime. While the charge is most often associated with theft, any type of crime would apply. In Minnesota, the crimes are charged based on the type of property entered and the acts performed after the trespass. If you have been accused of burglary, please call Bradshaw and Bryant and speak with a top Minnesota criminal lawyer as soon as possible.
There are four degrees of burglary charges, the most serious of which is first degree burglary. When someone enters a building when someone else is inside, carrying a weapon or assaults someone in the property area, first degree burglary has occurred. If the burglary involved a home, the forceful entry of a bank, the forceful entry of a pharmacy, or the entry of any building while carrying a tool used to gain access to money or other property, the crime will be burglary of the second degree. If someone enters a building with the intent to steal or commit a felony or gross misdemeanor, the charge will be third degree burglary. If the burglary did not involve stealing and the intended crime was a misdemeanor, the charge will be forth degree. If you have been accused of any of these levels of burglary, it is critical you speak with a Minnesota criminal attorney immediately.
The first thing we will do when we take your case will be to examine the evidence against you. Your Minnesota criminal lawyer will see if the evidence against you was obtained illegally because if it was not, it cannot be used against you. Next, he will see if the evidence conclusively points to you, if not, we will fight tooth and nail to prove your innocence.
If the evidence against you is overwhelming, your Minnesota criminal attorney may instead negotiate a plea bargain to have the charges against you reduced to the next level of crime, minimizing the penalty you may serve.
If you have any questions, please contact our Minnesota criminal defense law offices today.