If you or a loved one has been arrested for burglary, contact our firm today to schedule an in-office consultation with our Chicago burglary defense attorneys. Our phone number is (312) 466-9466.
Burglary is defined in the law as an unlawful entry or remaining inside without authority, any building, housetrailer, watercraft, aircraft, motor vehicle or railroad car with the intent to commit a felony or theft.
Residential burglary is a burglary of someone's dwelling place. Residential burglary carries mandatory prison time while a person charged with simple burglary is eligible for probation in most cases. This difference in punishment reflects the idea that entering the place where someone lives is more serious than breaking into their business, car or storage facility.
It is sometime necessary to go to trial in a burglary case just to prove that the building in question was unoccupied. Other defenses include having permission to enter, never having entered, or lacking the required intent. For example, there are cases in which a person in a state of drunkenness mistook someone's house for his own and was discovered later by the police. In such a situation it can be proven the person lacked the intent to commit a felony or theft.
Is this defense right for your case? Call the Law Office of Steven Hunter today to schedule a consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney and find out.
Read the writeups below to understand how we defend those who are accused of burglary in Chicago or in other Illinois communities. Please be aware that every burglary case is unique and every client has special circumstances. It is unethical for an attorney to guarantee any particular outcome.