The Blanch Law Firm specializes in providing expert criminal defense for clients charged with burglary.
Defining Burglary in the Criminal Law
According to Penal Law Section (or Article) 140.20, burglary means knowingly entering or unlawfully remaining in a building with intent to commit a crime. As such, burglary is related to trespass, which means to knowingly enter or remain in a building or on real property unlawfully (regardless of any intent to commit a crime).
Penalties for Burglary
Penalties for burglary are harsh and can result in a mandatory terms of imprisonment, depending on the severity of the offense charged. For example:
■If the building is a dwelling, burglary rises in severity to Burglary in the Second Degree (P.L. §140.25).
■If the building is a dwelling and the perpetrator is armed or causes physical injury to any individual who is not a participant in the crime, the charge will be raised a notch to Burglary in the First Degree (P.L. §140.30).
■If a deadly weapon is used in the commission of a burglary, an additional count being charged: Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
Attorneys at the Blanch Law Firm have compiled a record of success in defending against burglary and weapons charges, as illustrated by the following recent examples of success:
■After a pair of unlicensed handguns were found in the trunk of our client’s vehicle, he was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, and faced a sentence of mandatory imprisonment for up to 30 years. Our attorneys secured a disposition by which the client served no jail time.
■Our client, who was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon (a loaded handgun), also faced a drugs possession count. If convicted, he would have been sentenced to 15 years in jail. Our attorneys managed to get both charges dismissed.
■A defendant, who had been indicted on a charge of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree. His prior attorney had been unable to secure for him a disposition of less than a year in jail for the offense. After the defendant hired our attorneys, we were able to obtain a suppression hearing and get the charge dismissed.
Your Best Defense is a Strong Offense
The Blanch Law Firm provides outstanding legal representation of clients facing robbery and/or weapons possession charges, producing consistently successful Burglary Defense Results.
If you are facing burglary or related weapons charges, don’t wait to consult the best criminal defense team you can find. Turning to the Blanch Law Firm is your best defense.
To arrange an initial consultation, Contact The Blanch Law Firm by calling 646-797-4820.