Burglary Attorneys in St. Louis
When You Have Been Charged With Burglary, We Can Help
Burglary is often confused and misunderstood by most people and is often
theft. However, burglary, robbery and theft are all separate matters. While
most people think of burglary as a crime involving a person's home,
it can occur in any building or just about any type inhabitable structure
(even a railroad car or aircraft).
What is burglary?
Burglary occurs when a person knowingly enters unlawfully or knowingly
remains unlawfully in a building or inhabitable structure for the purpose
of committing theft. Important is the intent to commit a theft crime.
If a person enters a building without the intent of theft or committing
the act of theft, he or she has committed criminal trespass, not burglary.
If that person does commit or intends to commit theft, the criminal trespass
becomes a burglary. The person may then be charged with burglary as well as theft.
All burglaries are
felony crimes and carry severe punishments. In the example above, the person will likely
be charged with burglary as well as either
misdemeanor theft or
felony theft, depending on the value of the property or services stolen.
In Missouri, burglary has two degrees of severity:
Burglary, Second Degree: Second degree burglary is committed when an individual knowingly and unlawfully
enters or remains in a building or inhabitable structure with the intent
of committing a criminal offense. Burglary in the second degree is a class
C felony in the state of Missouri.
Burglary, First Degree: First degree burglary is committed when an individual commits the crime
of second degree burglary while armed with a weapon; threatens or causes
injury to another person during commission of the crime; or another person
is present in the building or structure during commission of the crime.
Burglary in the first degree is a class B felony in the state of Missouri.
Therefore, many of the defenses aimed at those accused of burglary involve
the intent to commit a theft crime and whether they knowingly entered
or remained in a building unlawfully. There is no tailor-made solution
to defending against a burglary charge, and working with a criminal defense
attorney can help defend you from these allegations.
Get Aggressive Defense With Millikan Wright, LLC
If you or a loved one has been charged with burglary, it is important to
contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. All burglary
felony crimes and carry substantial penalties, if found guilty. No one deserves to let
accusations affect your future. Working with our team can help ensure
that you are protected and your rights are upheld throughout the process.
Interested in working with our team of St. Louis lawyers? Get started by
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