Burglary is a type of crime that generally involves breaking and entering into a structure to commit an offense. You do not have to use any force to be labeled as a burglar, all you would need to do is open a door or window and go into the building or home. Many types of other crimes can be committed in conjunction with burglary such as theft crimes, sex crimes, drug crimes, assault or even homicide. A burglary becomes an aggravated burglary when the alleged assailant carries a deadly weapon with them. This typically makes a conviction an automatic felony, even if the weapon isn’t used.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for, or is under investigation for burglary, you will need to hire a competent Columbus criminal defense lawyer to help you defend yourself against the charges. Any type of burglary allegations are serious and can carry severe penalties like incarceration, fines, probation and a permanent criminal record which can prevent you from job opportunities, housing options, amongst other important things in the future.
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At Koenig & Long, LLC, we are committed to providing effective defense for our clients and will relentlessly fight to preserve your future freedom. We believe that a criminal defense attorney is only as good as their record demonstrates and we have a proven ability to fight and win for our clients. This is not the time to leave your future and freedom in the hands of an inexperienced legal representative or just hope for the best. Prosecutors are already building their case against you and it is necessary that you be proactive to convey your side of the story and prove your innocence.
Remember to exercise your 5th amendment rights:
- Do not answer questions or provide statements to police, investigators or prosecuting attorneys without your attorney present. Anything you say to them can and generally will be used against you.
- Do not consent to having your home, car, office or person searched without demanding a warrant and talking to your lawyer to find out what your options are.
If you are facing burglary allegations, Contact a Columbus Burglary Lawyer now to discuss your options and fight for your innocence and future freedom.