New York law defines burglary as the act of entering or remaining in a building with the intention of committing a crime. Being charged with burglary is a serious felony charge, and a conviction carries severe penalties and time in jail.
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New York law defines burglary as the act of entering a building with the intention to commit a crime. It is a separate crime entirely from any action that happens inside the building once the individual is inside, so even if that person does not actually commit the intended crime, it is still an act of burglary. Consequently, if an individual commits burglary, there will most likely be other charges in addition to the burglary charges.
New York criminal courts take burglary charges seriously as a felony, and a conviction can result in substantial time behind bars as well as fines, parole and/or probation time. Burglary has specific elements that differentiate it from other crimes such as theft or breaking and entering. These are:
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Like most other crimes, burglary has three levels of severity, with penalties imposed based on the level of the crime.
In a burglary prosecution, the main focus for the prosecution will be to prove the intent to commit a crime. This will be proven through the presentation of evidence, which can include surveilling the building, carrying burglary tools, wearing concealment clothing, or other evidence. But intent can be difficult to prove as no one has the ability to know or show what the defendant was thinking at the time of the event.
Because there are most often other charges in addition to a burglary charge, depending on what takes place inside the building, these additional charges will further impact evidence, guidelines, and sentencing.
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If you have been charged with burglary in New York, the quality of your defense can have a critical impact on your outcome and may make the difference between a conviction, reduced charges, or even dropped charges. Having the right burglary lawyer means that the court will understand the full scope and facts of your situation, not just what is presented by the prosecution.
When you have been charged with a crime, getting the skilled legal guidance of someone who understands not only criminal defense but also the prosecutor’s process can be essential to your success. Jason Bassett Criminal Attorney is a talented burglary lawyer and former prosecutor who has over twenty years of experience in the criminal justice system. He aggressively defends his clients and brings his experience, skill, and insight to each case he defends.