Santa Barbara Burglary Defense Lawyers
Arrested for Burglary in Santa Barbara County?
In California, a burglary conviction can be life-altering. Whether you
have been charged with first-degree or second-degree burglary, it is important
to obtain experienced legal counsel from a qualified attorney.
Appel & Morse, our Santa Barbara
criminal defense lawyers are ready to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom. As
former prosecutors, we can give you the upper-hand in knowing how the prosecution will approach
your case. Our legal team can investigate your case, gather evidence,
and develop an aggressive and personalized defense strategy just for you.
Burglary Penalties in California
California burglary is divided into “first-degree burglary”
and “second-degree burglary.” First-degree burglary pertains
to residence thefts, while second-degree burglary relates to any other
type of structure, such as stores and businesses.
First degree (residential) burglary is a felony, punishable by a prison
sentence of either two, four, or six years. On the other hand, second
degree (commercial) burglary is known as a wobbler, meaning it may be
charged as either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances
of the crime.
A felony conviction for commercial burglary is punishable by a county jail
sentence of either 16 months, two years, or three years. A misdemeanor
conviction for commercial burglary is punishable by a county jail sentence
of up to one year.
30+ Years of Experience
If you have been arrested and charged with burglary, our Santa Barbara
criminal defense attorneys understand how to get your charge reduced,
or your case dismissed entirely. With
more than 30 years of experience, we have an in-depth understanding of state laws and court processes to
help you navigate through the possible complexities of your case.
Contact our firm and request a
free consultation today.