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Jeffry Mandell has been a Burglary Lawyer in Chicago for over 40 years.

Burglary is the breaking and entering of someone’s property with the intent to commit a theft or felony. This property could be a house, place of business, car or boat. A residential burglary is distinguished from non-residential because a residential burglary conviction is non-probationary. This means that a conviction is mandatory prison time of 4-15 years.

Here are some strategies for defending against Burglary Charges:

  • Many times a defendant is not caught in the act but is arrested after the burglary. It is important to prepare a defense by proving you were not at the location of the burglary or not the person that committed the burglary. This could mean having to show prior contact with the property if your fingerprints are found at the property.
  • It is important to try and reduce the charge of residential burglary to non-residential burglary for first time offenders. This could result in a possible probation sentence which is not possible under a residential burglary charge.
  • Another strategy in defending against a Burglary charge is proving that you were allowed access to the property.

For all situations, make sure to consult with a criminal attorney and go over the evidence in your case to determine the best strategy for your case.