Burglary / Theft

Marin Burglary & Theft Defense Lawyer – Advocating For You

California Criminal Law Attorney with the Experience Your Case Needs

If you have been arrested for Burglary, you likely have many questions about what will happen next and the possible consequences if you are convicted. Burglary is defined under California law (Penal Code 459) as entering a building, vehicle, vessel or cargo container with the intention of either stealing something or committing a felony. The law does not require the prosecutor to prove that you actually took something or committed a felony.  Instead, they must simply prove you intended to, through direct or circumstantial evidence.  California has two types of burglary: Residential, which are burglaries committed in someone’s home; and Commercial, which are all other burglaries.  Depending upon the specific facts of your case, the District Attorney may file misdemeanor or felony charges against you.

With experience both as a defense attorney and as a former Marin County Deputy District Attorney, I, Ryan Albaugh, have the experience and specific knowledge of the law and judicial system needed to defend you.  I take protecting your rights seriously and employ a comprehensive and aggressive approach to defending you against burglary charges.

Aggressive Burglary & Theft Lawyer; Taking Our Defense on the Offensive

Rather than sit back and allow the prosecution to build their case against you, as your attorney I take the offensive with our case. I immediately start a thorough investigation into the facts and circumstances of your arrest. By obtaining copies of the documentary evidence, (such as the Charging Affidavit, Evidence Technician’s Report, Evidence/Property Receipt, and Witness Affidavit(s), to name a few) I can review the conduct of law enforcement and discuss with you those facts that may be missing, inaccurate or falsely recorded in the reports.  By quickly and aggressively investigating our case I maximize the chances of obtaining the best result possible.

Penalties for a Burglary Conviction can be Severe

The penalties for a Burglary conviction can vary substantially depending on whether it is Residential or Commercial.  Residential burglaries are always considered first-degree burglaries and can carry a prison sentence of up to six years.  Commercial burglaries are second-degree burglaries and can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies.  A conviction for commercial burglary often results in fines, probation, and can lead to up to three years in county jail.  Obviously, incarceration for any length of time can have a severe impact on you, your family and future employment. Don’t risk your future by taking on the justice system alone.

Consult with a Knowledgeable California Criminal Law Attorney

Burglary cases are factually complex, often involving forensic and circumstantial evidence.  Having handled hundreds of burglary cases as a prosecutor and defense attorney, I have the knowledge and experience necessary to protect your rights and advocate for you.

If you or a loved one is facing charges, call your Marin burglary lawyer at 415-578-7374 or e-mail me today for a free initial consultation.