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Mounting a Defense Against a Felony Burglary Charge

Peters Law Firm Dec. 25, 2019

In Pennsylvania, burglaries are considered felonies, so the stakes are high in mounting a strong defense against this kind of charge. A skilled lawyer can use several possible defenses in an attempt to prove innocence.

Because the crime must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, it may be possible to introduce enough evidence that disputes whether a burglary actually took place or not. This may include introducing an alibi or, if forensic evidence is the basis of the charge, undermining the reliability of that evidence.

A lawyer may also be able to prove that a defendant lacked intent if they did enter a building, but did not actually commit a burglary, either because they thought they had the owner’s permission or did not plan to commit a crime once inside.

The Difference Between Burglary and Robbery

Many people often mistake robbery for burglary, but these are two distinct crimes that are charged under completely different circumstances.

Robbery takes place against a person. To meet the standard for this crime, a person must take something of value (either money or property) directly from another person through the use of threats or intimidation.

Meanwhile, burglary is committed when a person illegally enters a building with the intent to steal something or commit another type of felony while inside. Burglary can be charged even in instances where nothing was taken.

We Will Defend You Against a Burglary Charge

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If you need a criminal lawyer or assistance with a criminal matter, contact us for a free initial consultation at our main office in Clark’s Summit, our Scranton area office, or our Tunkhannock and Wyoming County office today!