Illinois Property Crimes Defense Attorney in DuPage County
Cook County Property Crimes Defense Lawyer
Under Illinois law, breaking and entering charges are based on the Illinois burglary statute, which requires prosecutors to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant entered or remained without authority in a building (including a residence), trailer, boat, plane, car, etc., with the intent to commit a felony or theft.
Moreover, possessing burglary tools with the intent to commit a burglary is also a crime, even if there is no actual entering of the building, trailer, boat, plan, car, etc.
What constitutes intent, however, is a fluid concept that may be hard to prove. Fortunately, a criminal defense attorney experienced with breaking and entering cases can help fight off a conviction for breaking and entering or help reduce the sentence associated with a breaking and entering charge. However, each case presents unique challenges.
Consequences of Breaking and Entering
Burglary is a Class 2 felony, which carries a jail term of 3-7 years. However, extended term Class 2 felonies can carry a jail term of 7-14 years. Moreover, residential burglaries are classified as a Class 1 felony, which carry a jail term of 4-15 years (with a possible extended term of 15-30 years). In addition to the jail term, Class 1 and 2 felonies carry possible fines as high as $25,000.
In certain circumstances, however, with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney, defendants may negotiate probation instead of jail time.
The Value of a Strong Breaking and Entering Attorney
Breaking and entering charges require prosecutors to prove intent. A strong criminal defense attorney can mount an aggressive defense that challenges each element of the crime, including whether the defendant had the required intent.
At The Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we work with our clients at each stage of their case. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys devise a strategy that best fits the unique circumstances of each client’s case, leaving no stone unturned. If you are charged with breaking and entering, you must act quickly. Contact an attorney at The Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio for a free initial consultation. Time is of the essence. Do not delay; call 630-574-2288.
Our attorneys serve clients throughout Cook County and DuPage County, including Wheaton, Bridgeview, Maywood, Rolling Meadows, and Skokie.