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What Constitutes as Burglary in Illinois?

A person commits burglary by entering or remaining in a building or vehicle without permission with the intention of committing theft or a felony. If you are accused of burglary in Illinois, the possible consequences of a conviction can negatively affect your life forever. Having a permanent mark on your criminal record will make it extremely difficult to register for college, attain work, apply for loans, or even purchase a house.

With 20+ years of experience, our Chicago burglary defense legal team can provide the representation you need during this frustrating time. Steven H. Fine has the extensive insight from both sides of the courtroom to prepare your personalized defense and protect your rights.

Burglary Penalties

Burglary is a Class 2 felony, resulting in a three to seven year prison sentence. However, if burglary was committed at a residence, place of worship, school, or daycare center then it is considered a Class 1 felony, punishable by a four to 15 year prison sentence.

If you’ve been arrested for home invasion, which is a Class X felony, you may serve a 6-30 year prison sentence with additional terms of 15 to 25 years to life. Home invasion is committed by entering or remaining in another person’s dwelling without permission while the person is still home. If armed, threatens to use force, an injury occurs, or sexual assault or sexual abuse is committed, then it is considered a home invasion.

Trespassing of an occupied residence is a Class 4 felony, punishable by one to three years in prison. Yet, other instances of criminal trespass is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum one year jail sentence, a fine up to $2,500, and two years of probation.

Contact Our Theft Crime Lawyer Today

In most cases, a defendant is not caught in the act but is arrested after the burglary occurred. If you were wrongly accused, it’s imperative for our firm to conduct an investigation in order to provide evidence supporting your innocence. For first-time offenders, there is an encouraging chance to reduce the burglary charges into a probation sentence, although it is not possible for a residential burglary charge. We can also attempt to prove that you were allowed access to the property. Don’t let this conviction ruin your life and let our Chicago criminal defense attorneys fight for you.

For more information, contact us at (312) 436-0638 today.

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