Noblesville Burglary Defense Attorney

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The Indiana State Code § 35-43-2-1 states that “A person who breaks and enters the building or structure of another person, with intent to commit a felony in it, commits burglary,” which can result in serious repercussions if convicted. In order for the crime to be considered a Class C felony, nothing even needs to be stolen. Even the act of opening an unlocked door or pushing open a door left slightly-ajar is considered “breaking and entering” under Indiana law, and can be considered burglary if intent to commit a theft crime can be proven in court.

Being arrested for or accused of burglary can be a difficult situation to navigate. Not only do you have to worry about your reputation and public record, but you need to begin mounting a legal defense. The Board Certified and experienced Noblesville criminal defense lawyers at The Criminal Defense Team can help. Attorneys Andrew Baldwin, Mark Kamish, Kathie Perry are the only three attorneys in the entire state that are recognized by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as Certified Criminal Trial Advocates.

We can help you fight back against the accusations with a hard-hitting defense. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.

Types of Burglary & Their Punishments

Like other charges, burglary also has multiple levels. When the use of a weapon is involved, whether to threaten or to cause actual harm, the crime is upgraded and carries a far greater sentence. Likewise, the location of the burglary also plays a role, as burglaries that take place at a residence, hospital, or a building used for religious worship are classified under a special category by Indiana law.

Burglary is commonly sentenced based on a few different factors, such as the value of the property stolen, whether the suspect was armed, and whether violence was intended or occurred:

  • At the absolute lowest, breaking and entering a residence with the intent to commit a felony is considered a Level 6 felony which carries a six to 30-month prison sentence and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Should anyone other than the defendant be injured as a result of the burglary, the charge is upgraded to a Level 3 felony, and the prison sentence increases to a range of six to 20 years.
  • If the defendant is armed or the crime results in a serious injury to another party, the crime carries a minimum prison sentence of ten years.

The most serious burglary charges are considered Level 2 and Level 1 felonies. These most serious instances usually consist of burglaries into residences by armed defendants where serious injury occurs to anyone other than the defendant. As such, the punishment range is the most severe, with the prison term ranging from anywhere between ten and 50 years in addition to major fines.

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If you have been accused of burglary, you must take quick action – the consequences can be severe if convicted in a court of law. As with all serious crime accusations, it is imperative that you move quickly to begin putting together your defense. Don’t wait – contact The Criminal Defense Team today or call 888.988.5659 for your free case evaluation.

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