Burglary is aggressively prosecuted in the state of Georgia and may lead to a felony conviction. If you or a loved one is facing burglary charges, it is in your best interests to get help from an experienced criminal law attorney at once. Contact Wallack Law to speak with our Atlanta Burglary Charges attorney. Your freedom could depend upon the actions undertaken in the early stages of your case.
Burglary is defined as the breaking and entering of a structure with the intent of committing a felony within the structure. The type of structure and the extent of the crime will determine whether the charges will be filed as a first, second or third degree burglary.
Burglary in the first degree can be defined as the breaking and entering of a “dwelling” (living space) with the intent to commit a felony. An additional offense to breaking and entering must be present in order for a burglary charge to be filed. This can include crimes against property or crimes against a person.
Pursuant to GA Code § 16-7-1 a person who is accused of committing the offense of first-degree burglary will face felony charges, and if convicted, will be punished by imprisonment for no less than 1 nor more than 20 years. If the defendant has a prior first degree burglary conviction on record, he or she will face not less than 2 nor more than 20 years in state prison.
Under Georgia Law, burglary in the second degree in the unlawful breaking and entering into or remaining in an occupied or vacant structure, vehicle, building, watercraft or railroad car with the intent to commit a crime. Pursuant to GA Code § 16-7-1, burglary in the second degree a felony offense and may be punished by imprisonment of no less than 1 nor more than 5 years.
No matter what degree of a burglary charge, a conviction carries severe penalties which include mandatory prison time. Involving Wallack Law as soon as possible is critical if you hope to improve the outcome of your case. Some of the defenses for burglary include:
Whichever defense is appropriate in your case, you need an experienced Atlanta criminal defense attorney from Wallack Law at your side defending your rights. The first step is to exercise your right to remain silent. Then contact Wallack Law for a free initial consultation.