Burglary Defense Lawyer In Delaware
Consequences of a felony burglary conviction in Delaware can be severe, ranging from jail time to a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. If you’ve been charged with burglary in Delaware, the defense lawyers at Rahaim & Saints will provide aggressive representation that works to clear your name quickly.
Since 1993, we have been representing clients against first, second and third degree burglary charges, as well as related offenses such as breaking and entering and burglary tool possession. Our team of criminal attorneys has an in-depth knowledge of Delaware law and may be able to get your sentence reduced or thrown out entirely, so you can put the past behind you.
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Understanding the Burglary Charges Against You
Delaware’s burglary laws differentiate between three main types of charges:
- Third degree burglary is a class F felony, which is punishable by up to three years in prison. Third degree burglary is defined as any instance in which an individual “knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime.”
- Second degree burglary includes any incident in which an individual breaks into a home (as opposed to a building) with the intent to commit a crime, or breaks into any building and is either armed with explosives or a deadly weapon, or causes physical injury to an innocent bystander. Second degree burglary is usually charged as a class D felony, unless the injured bystander is 62 or older, in which case it is upped to a class C. Class D felonies are punishable by up to eight years in prison — a class C felony conviction can lead to as many as 15 years.
- First degree burglary is the most serious burglary charge that can be leveled against someone. To be convicted of first degree burglary, it must be proven that the individual entered the victim’s home at night, armed with explosives or a deadly weapon, with the intent to commit a crime. First degree burglary is a class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. As with second degree crimes, a first degree burglary in which the injured party is 62 or older is punished more severely, in this case as a class B felony meriting between two and 25 years in prison.
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Burglary Tool Possession
Burglary tool possession is a common related charge that can be leveled against anyone caught carrying a crowbar, lock pick or other device with the intent to commit a crime. In this case, intent refers to a situation in which it could be reasonably assumed they were going to use the tools to enter a building illegally, break open a door or gate, rob an ATM or safe, or commit identify theft. Burglary tool possession is a class F felony.
How Rahaim & Saints Can Help
The burglary defense attorneys at Delaware’s Rahaim & Saints have been providing criminal representation for clients throughout the state since 1993. Contact us whenever you need a burglar lawyer in Dover, Wilmington and beyond. Call today to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our burglary defense attorneys.