Burglary

Skilled Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyer Protecting the Rights of Individuals Charged with Breaking and Entering and Other Property Crimes

Burglary is one of the most serious property crimes, as it involves unlawful entry onto another’s property with the intent to commit a crime while on the property. While burglary is always considered a felony, the crime becomes much more serious if the property was a home or other occupied dwelling, if you were armed, or if the incident involved an injury or the threat of injury.

At the Stoves Law Firm, P.C., our Birmingham burglary lawyer has extensive experience defending clients charged with serious theft crimes, including all degrees of burglary. We understand that the stakes are incredibly high in these cases, and we completely devote ourselves to developing a compelling defense designed to minimize the effect that the case has on the rest of your life. Attorney Jason Stoves is both a skilled negotiator and seasoned litigator, meaning however you decide to handle your case, he’ll ensure your rights are well protected at every step of the way.

How Is Burglary Defined in Alabama?

In Alabama, burglary is defined as unlawfully entering or remaining in a dwelling, building, or vehicle with the intent to commit theft or a felony inside. There are three degrees of burglary, depending on the type of property and whether you were armed or anyone was injured.

Burglary in the Third Degree

Burglary in the 3rd degree involves knowingly entering or unlawfully remaining in a building with the intent to commit any crime while inside. Although it’s the least severe category of burglary under Alabama law, burglary in the third degree is a Class C felony, carrying a sentence ranging from 1 to 10 years in prison.

Burglary in the Second Degree

Burglary in the 2nd degree is very similar to first-degree burglary, except it applies to buildings that are not considered “dwellings.” Burglary in the second degree is a Class B felony, carrying a sentence ranging between 2 to 20 years in prison.

Burglary in the First Degree

Burglary in the 1st degree involves knowingly entering or unlawfully remaining in a dwelling with the intent to commit any crime while inside and either being armed with a deadly weapon, causing physical injury to another person, or using or threatening the immediate use of physical force against any person. As the most severe category of burglary under Alabama law, burglary in the first degree is a Class A felony, carrying a sentence ranging from 10 to 99 years or life in prison.

Can You Be Charged with Burglary for Breaking into a Vehicle?

It depends. You can be charged with burglary if the vehicle fits within the definition of “building” under Alabama Code § 13A-7-1, which includes any vehicle (including boats and aircraft) that is “utilized by persons for business, public use, lodging or the storage of goods.” Thus, you could be charged with burglary for breaking into an RV to commit a theft; however, you wouldn’t face burglary charges if the vehicle was a car, truck, or SUV.

Why You Need the Best Burglary Defense Attorney You Can Find

In Alabama, facing a burglary charge can have serious repercussions on your life and freedom, meaning it’s crucial to have an experienced Birmingham burglary lawyer by your side every step of the way. These charges, whether first, second, or third-degree, carry heavy penalties, including lengthy prison sentences and significant fines.

At the Stoves Law Firm, P.C., Attorney Stoves will navigate the complexities of the legal system and advocate effectively on your behalf. We will examine the evidence, challenge the prosecution’s case, and work to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. Depending on the case and your preferences, we can also negotiate plea deals or seek reduced charges, potentially lessening the severity of the penalties you face.

Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Burglary Lawyer in Birmingham

If you have an upcoming court date for a burglary case, it is essential that you have a criminal defense lawyer by your side. At the Stoves Law Firm, P.C., we take pride in helping our clients resolve their cases in the most favorable way possible so they can start the process of moving on with their lives. We offer free consultations, during which we will answer whatever questions you have, explain which defenses may apply, and discuss what we will do to ensure you are provided with the strong defense you need, deserve, and are entitled to. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation today, call the Stoves Law Firm, P.C. at (205) 823-7233, or you can connect with us through our secure online contact form.

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