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Atlanta Burglary Charges Attorney

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.

Why Choose Us?

  • Sandy Wallack has been a practicing criminal defense for over 25 years. This experience can be of great benefit to you when facing criminal charges of burglary.
  • Personalized service and a passion for criminal defense are some of the principals our firm was built upon. We provide innovative strategies to help them seek a favorable outcome, whether a case dismissal, reduced charges or sentence, or an acquittal at trial.
  • We understand how stressful being charged with a crime can be. We are passionate about protecting the constitutional rights of our clients under any circumstances and will aggressively fight to protect these rights.

What is Burglary?

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

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.

Burglary in the Second Degree

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.

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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:

  • Demonstrating that the individual’s entry into the structure was lawful
  • Lack of intent to commit a crime once inside the structure
  • The accused party was under duress and forced to enter the structure
  • Law enforcement violated the constitutional rights of the accused in an illegal stop, illegal search, or other violation

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.