If you’re charged with burglary call Meyer Van Severen at (414) 270-0202

Criminal defense firm Meyer Van Severen, S.C. works on burglary cases.  Burglary is described in section 943.10 of the Wisconsin Statutes.  Burglary is committed by “Whoever intentionally enters any of the following places without the consent of the person in lawful possession and with intent to steal or commit a felony.”  Wis. Stat. sec. 943.10(1m).

The places a burglary can be committed are: any building or dwelling, an enclosed railroad car, an enclosed portion of any ship or vessel, a locked enclosed portion of any truck or trailer, a motor home/trailer home (whether or not anyone is living in it, or  a room within any of the above.  Considering the serious penalties in burglary cases it’s important that you take your burglary defense seriously.

Burglary is a Class F felony which carries a serious 12 year 6 month prison sentence, a $25,000.00 fine, or both.


 What does the State need to prove in order to show burglary?

Breaking the statute down, certain things would need to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt at trial:

1) The defendant intentionally entered a building
2) The defendant entered the building without consent of the person in lawful possession of the building
3) The defendant knew the entry was without consent
4) The defendant entered the building with intent to commit a felony, OR the defendant entered the building with intent to steal.

“Intent to steal” requires that the defendant had the mental purpose to take and carry away property without the consent of the owner, and the defendant intended to deprive the owner permanently of possession of the property.  Also required is that the defendant knew the property belonged to another and knew that the person did not consent to his taking of the property.  Burglary defense isn’t effective unless your attorney understands the law.


 How do we win my burglary case?

That’s what we’ll discuss at your initial consultation.  There may be motion issues. Maybe there aren’t motion issues, but we have a solid shot at winning a trial.  It’s impossible to say exactly how to attack your case at this point – we don’t know any of the facts of your case.  But give us a call, set up a consultation, and we’ll go through your burglary case.  Speaking with a criminal defense attorney about your case is the first step.

We’re committed to aggressively representing our criminal defense clients.  We’re not afraid to fight your case all the way to jury trial.  If you’re looking for smart, serious criminal defense, contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C.


If you need burglary defense, Meyer Van Severen, S.C. may be able to help

Your Milwaukee criminal attorneys, Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin Van Severen, have successfully defended burglary cases.  If you need burglary defense, contact our criminal defense firm today for a consultation.  Phone calls are answered 24/7 at (414) 270-0202.