Burglary defense: Contact a top Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer
At Van Severen Law Office we provide aggressive burglary defense. Burglary is a crime that focuses on the defendant’s entry into a home, building, or dwelling without the owner’s permission. The defendant must have one of two purposes in mind: committing a felony or stealing. Burglary is different from robbery, which focuses on the taking of property from a person.
This crime is always a felony, meaning that providing the most aggressive, intelligent burglary defense is certainly of the utmost importance. To speak with a criminal defense lawyer, contact Van Severen Law Office at (414) 270-0202. Our defense attorneys respond to phone calls 24/7, so there’s certainly no reason to hesitate.
What is burglary?
Burglary is described in section 943.10 of the Wisconsin Statutes. The law states:
(1m) Whoever enters any of the following places without the consent of the person in lawful possession and with intent to steal or commit a felony in such place is guilty of a Class F felony:
(a) Any building or dwelling; or
(b) An enclosed railroad car; or
(c) An enclosed portion of any ship or vessel; or
(d) A locked enclosed cargo portion of a truck or trailer; or
(e) A motor home or other motorized type of home or a trailer home, whether or not any person is living in any such home; or
(f) A room within any of the above.
Burglary is a Class F felony which carries a serious 12 year 6 month prison sentence, a $25,000.00 fine, or both.
The more serious version of burglary:
A base level robbery is a Class F felony. It’s a Class E felony if committed under any of the following circumstances:
- Firstly, the defendant is armed with a dangerous weapon or pepper spray; or
- Secondly, the defendant, while in the burglarized enclosure, arms himself with a dangerous weapon or pepper spray; or
- Thirdly, while in the burglarized enclosure, the defendant opens (or attempts to open) a depository by use of an explosive; or
- Fourthly, the defendant commits a battery while in the burglarized enclosure; or
- Finally, the burglarized enclosure is a dwelling, boat, or motor home, and someone is present during the burglary.
A Class E felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $50,000.00 in fines. These aggravating circumstances focus mostly on violence, or the increased ability to commit violence while burglarizing a location. While these circumstances are certainly not a full-blown robbery, they certainly get close to that point.