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Burglary Defense in Orange County

Criminal Defense Lawyer for Newport Beach, CA

Burglary is defined under California law as entering a structure with the intent to commit a petty theft or a felony once inside. The person committing this crime must have formulated the intent prior to entering the structure. Even if the person never carries out the crime once inside, a charge of burglary can still be made if he or she entered with the intent to carry it out. Residential burglary or burglary of inhabited structures is a more serious crime than other types of burglary.

If you or someone you know has been charged with burglary in Orange County, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, or Irvine, it is strongly advised that you contact the Newport Beach criminal defense attorney at the firm without delay. Attorney Scott Hughes provides effective and diligent representation in any criminal charge, including burglary. He has helped defend countless individuals throughout the Orange County area with personalized attention to clients' needs in combination with highly-qualified legal service. When you are facing criminal charges, you need an attorney you can trust, who is well-versed in the laws, procedures, and court systems pertinent to your case. As a Newport Beach burglary defense lawyer, that is the service Attorney Scott Hughes can provide.

Burglary in California

Burglary may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the case and your prior criminal history, if any. Conviction of a burglary as a felony carries a potential sentence of up to 6 years in a California state prison.

The California penal code separates burglary into first degree and second degree burglary. First degree burglary, also known as residential burglary, is the more serious. This type of burglary occurs when you burgle an inhabited dwelling, a place where others live or sleep. Second degree burglary is all other types of burglary, an example of which would be shoplifting offenses. Learn about the criminal defense strategy that will be effective in fighting your charges when you call the firm.

Are you facing burglary charges anywhere in Orange County? Contact the Newport Beach burglary defense attorney at the firm today!

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