Theft And Burglary Lawyer Serving San Francisco

Burglary is defined as unlawfully or lawfully entering a building with the specific intent to steal something or commit a felony. The state only has to prove intent and does not have to prove that you actually stole something or committed a felony.

California law separates burglary into two categories — first-degree burglary and second-degree burglary. First-degree burglary is the burglary of any "inhabited dwelling" where people eat and sleep. The dwelling does not have to be occupied at the time of the break-in to be considered first-degree burglary. First-degree burglary is always a felony and counts as a "strike" under California's Three Strikes Law.

Second-degree burglary occurs in any other type of structure, most often a commercial business. Second-degree burglary may be prosecuted as a felony or as a misdemeanor depending upon a number of factors, including the type of structure entered and whether a person has a criminal record or is currently on probation.

Robbery, meanwhile, is using force or fear to take someone's property from the person's body or immediate possession.

Robbery, Theft, Burglary And Other Charges

Conviction of burglary or robbery can result in imprisonment, fines, probation and other consequences associated with a felony conviction. If you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with burglary or robbery, the most important step you can take is hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has proven ability at both pretrial negotiations with prosecutors and courtroom litigation.

Angeli R. Fitch has established a record as a theft lawyer who will go to trial when it is in a client's best interest, and who is also adept at negotiating with prosecutors for reduced charges or alternative sentencing when that proves to be the best resolution.

We have experience in both adult and juvenile courts. We assess the short- and long-term impact of any plea agreement before accepting it. We also emphasize clear communication with clients, explaining their options at every step and involving them in the decision-making process.

If you or someone you love faces burglary or robbery charges, don't wait to involve an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Call 415-906-3440 or email us to schedule a consultation.