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Burglary in Arizona means entering onto private or public property with the intent to commit a theft or felony. This type of criminal offense is also known as breaking and entering, home invasion, or housebreaking. A conviction for burglary can result in a lengthy prison sentence, expensive fines, restitution for the victims, and a permanent criminal record that can ruin your life.
If you have been accused of burglary in Phoenix, our legal team at Maria Jones Law Firm can help you obtain the most favorable results. With more than 15 years of legal experience, we have the extensive knowledge of state theft laws to guide you through the intricacies of the criminal justice system and protect your rights and future.
Overview of Arizona Burglary Laws
There are three types of burglary crimes in Arizona: first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree burglary.
First-degree burglary occurs when a person commits the crime using a deadly weapon (e.g. a firearm, knife, or explosive). If this type of burglary occurs in a residential building, it is considered a Class 2 felony that punishable by a maximum 12.5-year prison term. If the crime occurs in a commercial building, it is a Class 3 felony that carries a maximum 8.75-year prison term.
Second-degree felony occurs when a person enters another individual’s residence with the intent of committing a felony offense. This type of burglary is a Class 3 felony.
Lastly, third-degree burglary means entering a commercial building or another person’s car or fenced yard with the intent to commit theft. This type of burglary is a Class 4 felony, which results in a maximum 3.75-year prison sentence.
Even if you didn’t commit burglary, possession of a burglary-related tool is a Class 6 felony, which is punishable by a maximum two-year prison term.
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Due to the severity of the penalties upon conviction, it is in your best interest to let our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers represent you. Our firm can evaluate your case, determine your available legal options, and help you either get your case dismissed altogether or reduce the charges/penalties you face.
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