Burglary

Burglary Attorney in Anoka, Minnesota

A person can be charged with burglary if he or she enters a building without the consent of the owner and with the intent to commit a crime, or they may enter the building without permission and commit a crime while inside. If you have been charged with burglary, Mr. Peterson is a highly experienced Anoka burglary defense lawyer who can get the best result for you.

Hiring a defense attorney will help you fight, whether you are guilty or not. You can avoid the maximum penalties, which can be very harsh. Harsher penalties have a more serious impact on your future.

Experience In All Types Of Burglary Defense

Burglary is charged as one of four degrees. First degree burglary is the most serious and fifth degree burglary is the least serious of the charges. The following is a breakdown of the charges:

  • First degree burglary – A building is entered without the consent of the owner or occupant while someone is present in the building; or when the burglar enters the building possessing a dangerous weapon; or when assault results.
  • Second degree burglary – The building is a dwelling or at least part of the building is a pharmacy or bank; or when a tool is used to gain access to money or property.
  • Third degree burglary – The burglar commits or intends to commit a felony or gross demeanor while inside the building.
  • Fourth degree burglary – When the burglar commits or intends to commit a misdemeanor, other than stealing, while inside the building.

Fighting Burglary Penalties

Most burglary charges are felonies. In cases where a weapon is involved or where someone was injured as the result of an assault that occurred while in the building, the sentence may include a longer prison sentence. For a first degree burglary offense, the sentence could involve a fine of up to $35,000 and/or up to 20 years in prison, second degree burglary could result in a fine of up to $20,000 and/or 10 years in prison. Third degree burglary could result in a fine up to $10,000 and/or five years in prison. Fourth degree burglary could result in a fine of up to $3,000 and/or one year in jail.

Mr. Peterson will fight for your rights toward a better future. As a Minnesota criminal defense lawyer, he will create a strategic defense designed to work in your favor. Whether you are guilty or not, you deserve the best possible criminal defense. With a competent and committed criminal defense attorney, you can receive a much better result than you would if you didn’t have quality legal assistance.