Breaking and entering can result in a number of charges being filed. No matter what the specific accusations or charges against you, you can count on Law Office of Michael L. Fell to be here to help you. You can contact our offices at (949) 585-9055 now for a free legal consultation or keep reading to find out what you should expect.
You May Be Charged with Burglary
One of the potential charges you could face is burglary. This might be the case if you entered into another person’s vehicle, room, or home with the purpose of stealing or committing any other felony. This does not require that you forced your way into the space – though it often does involve that. You could have just walked into your friend’s unlocked home with the intention of stealing their kitchen knife and be guilty of burglary.
You May Be Charged with Vandalism
It is the breaking part of breaking and entering that can often lead to charges of vandalism. If you had to break a window or kick in a door to get into the property, then you may be charged with vandalism. If you destroyed property once you were inside, then you could be charged with vandalism.
You May Be Charged with Trespassing
If you did not force your way into someone’s property but you do not have permission to be there, you could still be charged with trespassing. This may be the case if you willfully entered property that belongs to another person or entity with the purpose of interfering with their property rights.
You May Be Charged with Theft
If you took anything that did not belong to you when you entered the property, whether you broke in or not, you could be charged with theft. If the goods or case you stole were worth more than $950, then grand theft could be charged. This is a felony that has potential prison sentences as a consequence.
The Best Option May Be to Make the Best Deal Possible
If the prosecution has a lot of evidence you committed the crime – such as fingerprints, video evidence, and eyewitness evidence – then fighting the charge is not likely to be the best option. In this case, we will aggressively negotiate for the best possible outcome. We will work to show that you deserve a lesser sentence or work to have the prosecution accept a guilty plea at a lesser charge.
We Are Willing to Take Your Case to Trial
On the other hand, in many cases there is no reason to plead guilty. We will take your case to court. We will always discuss the pros and cons of all options but our goal is to meet your best interests. Contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 now for a free legal consultation.