Burglary is a serious offense that can carry major punishments for those who are convicted. If you are being charged with burglary in the state of California, you will want to retain council right away in order to defend yourself against the charges. It is never to early to start working on your case, so contact Somera Law Group today for a free consultation.

The definition of burglary in the state of California is ‘entering a building, vehicle, vessel, or cargo container with the intention of either stealing something or committing a felony’. If it can be proved that you had the intent to commit a felony prior to entering a building or other private property, you may be convicted of this serious charge.

There are both first degree and second degree burglary charges possible in the state of California.

First Degree Burglary

This crime occurs when the accused enters a residence with the intent to commit a felony. A conviction on first degree burglary charges is a felony and will count as a strike against your record. There will also be significant jail time associated with a conviction, although the exact number of years depends on the specifics of the case.

Second Degree Burglary

A burglary that occurs anywhere besides a residence is a second degree charge, and can be brought as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The charges will depend on any criminal record that you already have, if you are on probation, or any other mitigating factors in the case. Regardless of whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, you will need to fully defend yourself to avoid potentially life-changing consequences.

When you call for your free consultation, our team will be happy to discuss the specifics of your case with you and consider what you next step could be. Somera Law Group is experienced in California criminal court, and will use that experience to come to your defense against serious burglary charges.