THEFT & BURGLARY
Being accused of a theft or burglary can cost you your job, your family and even a lifetime time in prison. The Law Office of John M. Walsh aggressively defends people against these types charges in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Do not plead guilty to the charge, or accept any offer from the prosecutor, without first consulting an experienced criminal defense lawyer. If you or a loved one is charged with theft of burglary, contact us for a free initial consultation.
Entering the property of another in order to commit any crime while inside is considered burglary. The most important factor in any burglary case is whether or not people were home at the time. If a home was occupied, the consequences could be ten to twenty years in prison as a first degree felony, and it counts as a potential strike conviction. Second degree burglary is entering an unoccupied home of another with the intent to commit a crime, while third degree burglary is for entering an unoccupied business or building.
A conviction for a theft offense is a detriment to someone’s future. Theft crimes can leave a very unsavory blemish on someone’s record that will effect the potential for job prospects just about as much as any other type of conviction could. People convicted of theft crimes are deemed untrustworthy, and it is a stigma that most are unable to overcome after being found guilty of some form of theft. Theft is defined as the criminal act of taking someone’s property without their permission.
Property can include credit and services, as well as physical objects. Theft charges range in severity, and this is often correlated to the value of the items that were allegedly stolen. Also considered will be the manner in which they were taken.
Some common examples of theft crimes include:
- Grand theft
- Petty theft
- Theft of a firearm
- Credit card theft
- Identity theft
- Grand theft auto
Contact the Law Office of John M. Walsh for a free initial consultation.