Facing Burglary Charges? Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney
Criminal Defense Attorney For Burglary Charges
Georgia classifies burglaries as felonies, which means they carry much more severe consequences than misdemeanor theft crimes. However, an arrest does not mean that you are guilty, and you have the right to hire a Georgia burglary charges lawyer. Carter Pilgrim has the expertise and experience you need for a successful legal defense.
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You should not have to go to prison for a crime that the prosecutor cannot prove you committed. Contact the legal team of Carter Pilgrim today for a Free Consultation at 770-945-2320 or fill out our contact form. Family members may call if they are assisting a loved one in finding legal representation.
Georgia Punishes Burglary Convictions Severely
Burglary charge convictions in Georgia are serious since the state classifies them as a felony. Consequently, they can result in decades of prison time, even for a first-time conviction. Our attorneys will put together a defensive strategy that seeks to get your charges beat, dropped, reduced, or dismissed.
Depending upon your case’s facts and circumstances, these are the sentencing guidelines for Georgia burglary charges:
- First-degree burglary: Punishable by up to twenty (20) years in prison
- Second-degree burglary: Punishable by up to five (5) years in prison
- Smash-and-grab burglary: Punishable by up to twenty (20) years in prison and $100,000 in fines
The above-referenced list of penalties is just the tip of the iceberg regarding criminal charges of burglary in Georgia. Our attorneys will investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest to challenge the prosecutor’s case theory against you. We can also help you handle any other charges you are facing, including associated or separate misdemeanors and felonies.
Types of Burglary Cases We Represent
Georgia laws define burglary as one involving theft from a property after breaking and entering into a structure or vessel. The details of the charges ultimately determine the level of charges filed against you, including first-degree, second-degree, and smash-and-grab burglaries. The consequence of being convicted of a burglary charge involved a prison sentence of one to 20 years in state prison.
Regardless of the charges you or a loved one are facing, the criminal defense lawyers at Carter Pilgrim will help you fight for your life, freedom, and rights.Types of burglary cases we represent include the following:
First-degree burglaries in Georgia are those that are committed when entering a building to commit felony theft. Breaking and entering must be present to convict you of this crime. If you are charged with first-degree burglary, call our attorneys today.
Second-degree burglaries in Georgia are similar to first-degree burglary charges, but they involve breaking and entering into a non-residential structure or vehicle, watercraft, railroad, or aircraft. Carter Pilgram will take an aggressive approach in defending second-degree burglaries, including multiple conviction matters.
Smash-and-grab burglaries in Georgia are similar to second-degree burglaries in that they involve non-residential structures. The difference involves the added element of smashing a window or storefront, grabbing whatever items they can find, and running away. Our criminal defense team will look at the prosecutor’s evidence against you to look for weaknesses in their case theory.
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There are very few matters more terrifying than the prospect of a felony conviction. However, it is vital to remember that you have an opportunity to defend your case in court. The lawyers at Carter Pilgrim can help you get answers during a free initial consultation at 770-945-2320.
Common Georgia Burglary Charge Defenses
Every case is distinct, which means that every legal defense is customized for your specific situation. Our lawyers will review the facts of your case, present our recommendations, and pursue them if you choose to hire us.
Our criminal defense attorneys have successfully utilized the following defenses in the past on behalf of our clients:
- Lacking criminal intent. If you did not enter or remain on the property with the intent to commit a crime, you cannot receive a conviction. Our legal team will challenge this point if it applies to your situation.
- Invited guest. If the prosecutor can prove you committed theft, they must also show that you were not permitted to enter the premises. Invited guests, even if they commit theft, should not face burglary charges.
- Wrong person: Prosecutors must also demonstrate that you were the one who committed the burglary. If they cannot make an identification with concrete proof, Carter Pilgrim will fight the allegations.
There are various legal options when it comes to mounting a defense against Georgia burglary charges. The most practical approach toward achieving this result is hiring our lawyers to represent your case. Carter Pilgrim will immediately launch a full investigation of the facts and act as a communication buffer between you and the criminal court system.
Carter Pilgrim: A Tough Defense Against Burglary Charges
Our law firm specializes in criminal defense. In fact, Phil Pilgrim worked as a prosecutor for years before moving over to the defense side. As such, we have experience and insight regarding the prosecution of crimes, especially when it comes to burglary cases. There are specific components that the prosecutor must prove to obtain a conviction, and if they cannot, you deserve your freedom.
Here are the two (2) elements the prosecutor must prove that a burglary occurred:
- A person entered an aircraft, building structure, railroad car, vehicle, or watercraft, and;
- You intended to commit a felony theft within the premises
The prosecutor will not get a burglary conviction if they cannot prove one or both of the above-referenced elements. For example, if you committed a theft but were invited to the property as a guest, you should not receive a conviction. Our attorneys will challenge their allegations against you if they do not have evidence you committed a crime.
Carter Pilgrim Dedicates Its Practice to Serving Georgia
The criminal justice system is not perfect. However, our attorneys can at least make sure that it is fair. You have legal rights when facing criminal proceedings, and our legal team will ensure that they are upheld by courts, judges, prosecutors, detectives, and more.
You can also count on Carter Pilgrim to deliver on the following responsive legal services:
- Reviewing the facts of the investigation and arrest
- Appearing at hearings with you and your behalf
- Preserving vital evidence that challenges the prosecutor’s case
- Arguing for your exoneration before a judge or jury
- Negotiating a plea deal if that is the only option
- Addressing your questions and concerns as they arise
Burglary charges result in severe consequences if convicted, including mandatory prison time, fines, a felony record, and the impact they carry on your professional and personal life. Engaging our law firm to represent your case as soon as possible can help you avoid legal mistakes that can place you in further jeopardy. Our attorneys will define an appropriate case strategy and execute it aggressively.
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We are located in Suwanee Georgia, but we defend clients throughout Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, Hall County, Barrow County, Jackson County, and Dawson County. Contact our Atlanta law firm as soon as possible to learn how we advocate for your best interests.