With burglary charges in Massachusetts, you're looking at the possible penalties for a serious felony. These penalties could mean a decade or more in prison and leave you with a felony conviction that can undermine every job and housing application moving forward. At Miller Law Group, P.C., we know how much you have on the line, and as a law firm, we give our all to ensure that our clients' rights and futures are protected.
With nearly 100 years of combined experience to our name, each of our attorneys meets together throughout the week with our firm to discuss cases, ensuring that our firm's pooled knowledge and insight goes into each defense we build. Our burglary defense attorneys can provide the powerhouse representation you need.
What Constitutes a Burglary in Massachusetts
Burglary involves breaking and entering in order to commit a crime. The law has been updated such that the crime doesn't have to be a felony anymore; breaking in to attempt a misdemeanor now counts as burglary too. Breaking in can be as simple as opening a closed door to go somewhere you're not permitted, or tricking someone to let you in, such as by pretending to be a cop. This doesn't just apply to homes or even buildings. Burglary can apply to ships, cars, and other vessels.
Penalties for a Burglary Conviction
The details of your case determine the severity of any possible maximum sentences, or if there will be mandatory minimums. Many burglary charges can lead to life-changing penalties, but it is also possible to get these charges reduced to something much less severe.
The possible sentences for a burglary conviction depend on details such as:
- If the alleged burglary happened at night: Minimum 10 years' sentence, 20 years maximum if unarmed
- If the nighttime burglary involved a firearm: Minimum 15-year sentence, up to life
- If the alleged burglary happened during the day and no one was inside: Minimum of 2 years' jail, otherwise the minimum could be 7 years in prison, with a maximum of 10 years
- However, if any burglary was an attempted misdemeanor: Up to 6 months in jail and a $200 fine
- If found in possession of burglar tools: Up to 10 years in prison, or 2.5 years in jail and a $1,000 fine
What if the prosecutor can prove that you committed the breaking and entering part of the offense, but your lawyer can prove that you didn't intend to commit a crime? If we can prove that you didn't attempt a misdemeanor or a felony, this could get the charge reduced to one of criminal trespass, which carries the maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a $100 fine.
Contact Our Southborough Burglary Defense Attorneys
At Miller Law Group, P.C., our experienced team knows the inner workings of local courthouses, and we can tailor your defense to the judge and prosecutor handling your case. Our team can fight to get your charges and penalties reduced or dropped altogether. However, for such serious charges, it's important to get as much time on your side as possible so we'll have the time to collect the evidence and build the arguments necessary.
Contact us today at (508) 502-7002 or online to get started on your defense! We offer free initial consultations.
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