Burglary is any unlawful entry into a structure in which you intend to
commit a felony or theft. As someone who may have been trespassing or
entering a home uninvited, you need to be aware that there is a difference
between an unlawful entry and burglary. If you’re accused of burglary,
there are a few things that the prosecution will have to prove.
The prosecution is going to have to show that you intended to
break the law, first. If you entered a property with the understanding that you were
there legally, for instance, then you could argue that you weren’t
attempting to break and enter. If you can provide a witness or alibi that
says they also were of the understanding that you had the right to enter,
that can help you confirm your case.
If you didn’t intend to cause damage or steal while in the property,
that can also make it hard for the prosecution to make a case against
you. For instance, if a person
breaks into a home and is only watching TV, that’s very different from someone breaking
into a home and looting a jewelry box or the home safe.
Any time you’re accused of a serious crime like burglary or theft,
it’s in your best interest to work with your attorney to defend
yourself from the start. You can create your defense and protect your
reputation by knowing how to manage your case. Our website has more information
on burglaries and thefts, so you can understand how these cases can play
out in court.