Do You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney for a Burglary or Robbery Charge?
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Burglary or robbery charges must be taken very seriously. In California, many types of convictions for burglary or robbery are considered strikes under California’s Three Strikes Law. Santa Barbara criminal defense attorney William C. Makler has over 20 years of criminal justice experience. He has successfully defended scores of burglarly cases and has had many burglary priors stricken. In a free and confidential initial consultation, he can discuss your situation and make a plan for defending you.
What is Burglary?
Technically, burglary can be charged when one enters a building (or even a vehicle) with the intention to commit a felony therein. The felony does not necessarily need to be theft – it could be any felony. First degree burglary is going into a residence with the intention of committing a felony. A conviction of first-degree burglary is usually a strike on your record. Second degree burglary is going to another type of building, such as a business, with the intention to commit a felony. This is sometimes known as commercial burglary. Entering a car can also qualify as second-degree burglary. Conviction of a second degree burglary does not usually result in a strike.
What is Robbery?
Robbery is, quite simply, stealing something by using the threat of violence. Without a threat of violence, it is known as shoplifting, theft, larceny, or grand larceny, depending on the circumstances. Armed robbery is any theft involving a handgun or other weapon, whether or not it was used. Armed robbery charges are often paired with firearm or assault with a deadly weapon charges.
A related charge is “assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury,” both charges are covered under California Penal Code 245, the statute dealing with assault with a deadly weapon or an assault likely to cause great bodily injury.
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