Salisbury Burglary Lawyer
Experienced Defense for Burglary Charges in Maryland
When you're facing a burglary charge in Maryland, you need an experienced and dedicated attorney to protect your rights and help you navigate the legal complexities associated with such charges. At William R. Hall, P.A., we are committed to providing strategic legal counsel, fighting for your rights, and ensuring the best possible outcome for your case.
Call William R. Hall, P.A. today at (410) 205-1684 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our burglary attorney in Salisbury.
What is Burglary?
Burglary is considered a serious criminal offense in Maryland, defined as the unlawful entry into a building, structure, or dwelling to commit a crime inside. The key elements that the prosecution for a burglary conviction must prove include:
- Breaking and Entering: The accused must have unlawfully entered a building or structure, which usually involves some form of breaking and entering, such as breaking a window, picking a lock, or using force to gain entry.
- Intent to Commit a Crime: To secure a burglary conviction, the prosecution must also establish that the accused entered the premises intending to commit a crime inside, typically theft or another felony offense.
What are the Penalties for Burglary in Maryland?
Burglary is a serious crime in Maryland, and the penalties for a conviction can be severe. The specific consequences you may face depend on the degree of the burglary charge:
- First-Degree Burglary: This is the most serious form of burglary and is considered a felony. If convicted, you could face up to 20 years in prison.
- Second-Degree Burglary: Second-degree burglary is also a felony and carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
- Third-Degree Burglary: This is a misdemeanor burglary charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Defenses Against Burglary Charges
Some common defenses against burglary charges may include:
- Lack of Intent: If the prosecution cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you had the intention to commit a crime when entering the premises, it may be possible to challenge the charges.
- Mistaken Identity: In some cases, eyewitness testimony or other evidence may be unreliable, leading to a defense based on mistaken identity.
- Illegal Search and Seizure: If the evidence against you was acquired through an unlawful search and seizure, it may be possible to have that evidence suppressed, potentially leading to a dismissal of charges.
- Alibi: If you can provide evidence that you were not at the scene of the alleged burglary, this can serve as a strong defense.
- Consent: If you had permission to enter the property or believed you had permission, this may be a valid defense against burglary charges.
Contact Our Burglary Attorney in Salisbury Today
At William R. Hall, P.A., Our Salisbury burglary lawyer is committed to protecting your rights, challenging the evidence against you, and working tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome for your case. We will provide the guidance and legal representation you need to protect your future. Your defense begins here.
Contact William R. Hall, P.A. today to get started with our Salisbury burglary lawyer.
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