Many people believe
burglary means breaking into a home to steal money or property. However, according
to Illinois law, burglary is associated with many more possible situations
than the traditional idea of the crime.
In general, this criminal offense refers to entering a building, vehicle,
aircraft, watercraft, or trailer with the intent to commit a theft or
any other type of felony offense. “Entering” doesn’t
equal to forcefully breaking in, but can also mean using fraud to obtain
entry, sneaking in, or even staying in the vicinity after permission to
be there had expired. In most cases, burglary is considered a Class 2
felony, punishable by a prison sentence between three and seven years.
However, you may face a Class 1 felony – punishable by a prison sentence
between four and 15 years – if the burglary occurred in one of the
- Place of worship
- Day care center and other child care facilities
- Group care home
In Illinois, burglaries which happen in the residential dwelling of another
individual or group of people is considered a separate offense. A “dwelling”
refers to a place where a person sleeps. If you are suspected of entering
or staying in a dwelling without permission – and with the intention
to commit theft or a felony crime – it is a Class 1 felony. Furthermore,
penalties may substantially increase if someone was home at the time of
the burglary, if a weapon was allegedly used in the commission of the
crime, or if you caused an injury to another individual.
Burglary requires that a person has the intent to commit a crime. Unfortunately,
many people face charges when they were present in a facility with no
If you were recently arrested and charged with burglary,
contact a Chicago criminal defense attorney at the
Law Office of Steven Fine and schedule a
free consultation today.