Burglary

We can all look back at our lives and recall a few mistakes that we’ve made, because that is part of being human. While reflecting upon these past indiscretions, it’s easy to see, with some help of the power of hindsight, how it all very easily could have gotten out of hand. For many people, it does. When another person’s property is entered with the intent to steal or commit any felony, the intruder can be charged with burglary, under California law. Sometimes a situation escalates; a bad idea, exacerbated by alcohol or peer pressure or any of a myriad of contributing factors, can have reverberating consequences on the rest of your life. It is paramount that, if you find yourself charged with burglary, that you immediately seek qualified representation.

When charged with burglary in the state of California, you’ll rapidly be made aware of the complexities of such a charge, which reinforces the necessity of retaining a knowledgeable attorney. First degree burglary (also commonly referred to as residential burglary) can be charged upon an individual that enters a home with the intent to commit larceny and/or any other felony. It is irrelevant whether or not the residence is occupied at the time the offense was committed. First degree burglary carries with it a harsher punishment because the courts acknowledge the expectation of inviolability for one’s home, and that the defense/protection during an attack on the home often requires force or violence. The penalties for first degree burglary in the state of California for a felony conviction can range between 2-6 years of incarceration, with a maximum fine of $10,000 with the possibility of increased time or fines because it is considered a “strike” crime.

Second degree burglary (also commonly referred to as commercial burglary) has a broader definition as it encompasses all other types of burglary, including the most frequent; shoplifting. The penalty stage of this charge is slightly more ambiguous because there is a choice of prosecuting as a misdemeanor or a felony. Largely, a person’s background is a contributing factor. The district attorney may choose to pursue a heftier punishment for those that have a prior criminal record. The penalties for second degree burglary are as follows: Misdemeanor 2nd degree burglary carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to 1 year in county jail or prison. Felony 2nd degree burglary carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and 16 months-3 years in state prison.

There are times in a person’s life when poor decision-making can have life-long repercussions. If you have been charged with burglary, you’ll need representation from a lawyer that is well-acquainted with the intricacies of this arena. Ricardo Nicol possesses the unique combination required to truly elicit the best possible outcome for your case. Mr. Nicol was a prosecutor for 23 years and therefore has just as comprehensive an understanding of the system as any prosecutor that she may face, which means that this hard-earned insight is an invaluable weapon in your arsenal during the proceedings of your case.

As a client of Ricardo A. Nicol, you find yourself in the advantageous position of being in the masterful legal hands of an attorney that has the ability to foresee in which direction the prosecution will be going and therefore remain ahead of the game on your behalf. Being charged with burglary can be a very intimidating affair. Contact the Law Office of Ricardo A. Nicol today to receive both the answers that you deserve with a case evaluation, and the confidence of being well-armed for the battle ahead. Peace of mind in a difficult time is priceless.

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