Burglary Charge Defense Lawyer in Atlanta
Understanding the Charges Against You
Under Georgia law, a person commits burglary when he or she unlawfully enters another person's home or property with the intent to commit theft or another crime. People are often charged with burglary even if nothing was actually stolen or taken from the property. A person can be arrested on burglary charges for just entering the property without consent.
Although most acts of burglary take place in private residences, burglary can be committed in a variety of locations, such business establishments and personal vehicles. Furthermore, not all acts of burglary are committed to steal property. In some cases, an individual commits burglary with the intent to commit a non-theft related crime, such as assault, battery, rape, domestic violence, and other violent crimes.
Protecting You from the Penalties of Burglary
If you are facing criminal charges for burglary, it's crucial that you retain the services of an experienced and knowledgeable defense attorney. Imprisonment, steep fines, probation, many hours of community service, restitution to the victim, and a mark on your permanent record are just some of the penalties you could face if you are found guilty of burglary. If while committing burglary you used a weapon or committed a crime that resulted in the injury or death of another person, you will face much harsher penalties, including up to 20 years in jail or more.
Burglary is a felony criminal offense that is taken very seriously by judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials. These officials are likely to have solid evidence that proves your involvement in the crime. You need to hire an Atlanta criminal lawyer who can not only challenge the prosecution's argument, but who can also present a defense that is equally compelling and convincing, if not more so. Atlanta criminal attorney Matthew T. McNally is very experience in this area of law, and can provide you with the attention and unrelenting defense you need to avoid a criminal conviction. In addition, Mr. McNally will vigorously fight your charges, and work hard to have your charges reduced or overturned.