Have you been charged with burglary in Tucson or Pima County?  Have you spoken with a Tucson criminal lawyer regarding your burglary charge?

If you’ve been charged with burglary in Arizona you are facing serious consequences if convicted.  These consequences include a lengthy prison sentence, substantial fines, property forfeiture, probation, financial restitution and a felony conviction on your record.

What is Burglary?

Burglary is the crime of unlawfully entering or remaining in a building, business, residence or property with the intent to commit theft or any felony therein.  Burglary has three classifications, first, second, and third degree burglary.

First Degree Burglary:  First degree burglary is the most serious level of burglary and occurs when a person possesses a deadly weapon, explosives  or a dangerous instrument during a burglary.  It is a Class 2 Felony if it involves residential property which carries with it a mandatory prison term of 7 to 21 years.  If the First Degree Burglary charge is for non-residential property, it is a Class 3 Felony with a mandatory prison term of 5 to 15 years.

Second Degree Burglary:  Second degree burglary involves entering a residential property with the intent to commit theft.  It is a Class 3 Felony with a minimum prison sentence of 2 years with a maximum of 8.75 years.

Third Degree Burglary: Third degree burglary is when a person unlawfully enters a non-residential building, or a fenced commercial or residential yard in order to steal or commit other felonies. It is a Class 4 Felony with a prison term of 1 to 3.75 years.

The maximum prison sentences above may be extended beyond the limits above for repetitive offenses or if aggravating factors exist.

Facing a burglary charge alone can be very stressful given the severity of the punishment you are facing.The criminal attorneys of AZ Criminal Defense Group will carefully guide you through the complicated criminal justice system and will advise you throughout as to your best course of action.  The experienced criminal lawyers of AZ Criminal Defense Group, Attorney at Law are available around the clock to answer your burglary questions.