Lawyers for Burglary
It can be easy to use the terms burglary and robbery interchangeably, but in the legal world, they are two very different things. Burglary in Minnesota refers to breaking and entering into a structure with the intent of committing or actually committing a crime. There are four degrees of burglary charges, each of which is considered theft and comes with distinct consequences that defendants should understand.
St. Paul’s Criminal Defense Lawyers
Minnesota considered is a crime for someone to enter a building without permission, even if the person is simply an accomplice. Each of the four degrees of burglary charges include that key component, though each is distinguished by the following factors:
- First degree – At least one of the following: Entering a dwelling where there is another person present; the defendant has a dangerous weapon or leads someone to believe an item is a weapon; or if the defendant commits assault while in the building.
- Second degree – At least one of the following: Entering a dwelling or a government building, school, historic property or religious establishment; or if the area the defendant enters has a banking pharmaceutical-related business; of if the defendant has a tool used to gain access to either property or money.
- Third degree: Entering a building with the intent to commit or actually committing any gross misdemeanor of felony.
- Fourth degree: Entering a building with the intent to steal or actually steal.
The penalties range from up to 20 years in prison and a $35,000 for first-degree charges to one year in prison and a $3,000 fine for fourth-degree burglary. Felony attorneys can help build a strong defense in order to reduce or dismiss charges.
It is important to note that Minnesota views a home invasion as a burglary, as evidenced by the first- and second-degree charges. The state punishes these crimes more harshly, as it considers the crime to have occurred in a very personal and private space. This is different from trespassing, which merely involves going onto private property without consent without entering a building. In Minnesota, trespassing is typically only considered a misdemeanor.
Consult with Criminal Defense Attorneys
If you have been charged with burglary or a related crime, you should contact an attorney who has experience defending felony charges. At Keller Law Offices, we provide aggressive criminal defense in order to reduce charges and secure a favorable outcome for clients. To start building your case today, please call our office at (952) 913-1421 for a free consultation.