Those who are accused of burglary in Pennsylvania face serious charges with severe penalties. Lauren Wimmer raises an aggressive defense of Philadelphia felony burglary charges and works to reduce the seriousness of the actual charges you face as well as the associated consequences.
Burglary is actually a complex crime as the prosecutor must prove a person entered a property without the permission or consent of the owner (known as trespassing) with the intention of committing a crime. If a person breaks into a residence and the homeowners or legal occupants are at home, the prosecution will seek first degree felony burglary charges. The possession of “burglary tools” or a firearm can increase the severity of the charges and resulting penalties.
If the building in question is not a residence and is considered to be vacant at the time of the alleged crime it may be possible to get the charges reduced to second degree burglary.
It is absolutely possible to mount an aggressive defense of Philadelphia felony burglary charges. For example, when Wimmer Criminal Defense proves our client believed the building was abandoned it is almost impossible to prove they entered the premises with the intention of committing a crime. Perhaps the accused had permission to enter the premises, or entered a business which was open at the time and hid in the building or fell asleep until after hours.
Those convicted of felony burglary charges face harsh sentences. A first degree felony burglary conviction can result in a prison sentence of up to 20 years and as much as $20,000 in fines. A second degree felony burglary conviction can result in a 10 year prison sentence and a fine of $25,000. If you are looking for an aggressive defense of Philadelphia felony burglary charges we invite you to contact Wimmer Criminal Defense or call 215-712-1212 for a free consultation.