DuPage County Burglary Defense Lawyers
Defense of Commercial and Residential Burglary
If you are arrested and/or charged with burglary of a business or residence, you will face felony charges. A felony conviction of a theft or burglary crime can mean state prison, loss of constitutional rights, a felony record and many other negative consequences that can impact your livelihood, living options, educational opportunities and immigration status. People who are arrested or the target of an investigation should avoid discussing their case with police officers and immediately assert their right to have an experienced DuPage County burglary defense attorney present during any questioning.
At Ramsell & Associates, LLC, our law firm is nationally recognized for providing exemplary defense to individuals accused of felonies in Illinois. When your future hangs in the balance, you need criminal defense lawyers with extensive legal experience and expertise. Our Illinois burglary attorneys have been taking on state prosecutors for over 30 years. Our defense of over 16,000 people, including many high profile clients like politicians and celebrities, has garnered a wide range of media coverage by NBC, ABC, CBS, Court-TV, FOX, the Washington Post, The New York Times, and others. Our willingness to take on the toughest cases has earned our founding partner Don Ramsell a perfect 10 rating by AVVO and designation as an “Illinois Leading Lawyer” and an “Illinois Super Lawyer” multiple times.
Understanding Illinois Burglary Laws
While many people understand burglary as a “theft” offense, the crime is actually much more complex. The criminal offense of burglary under Illinois criminal laws refers to “knowingly and without consent, entering or remaining within a building, trailer, aircraft, watercraft, or motor vehicle with the intent of committing a theft or a felony”.
Generally, burglary constitutes a Class 2 Felony, which creates exposure to a sentence of 3 to 7 years in a penitentiary. However, there are a range of facts and circumstances that can result in an even more serious charge. If the building is a place of worship or childcare facility, the crime is a Class 1 Felony that can result in a term of 4 to 15 years in state prison. Residential burglary is also considered a Class 1 Felony under Illinois criminal statutes. If you are arrested in possession of master keys or other tools for unlawfully entering a building, you can also be charged with possession of burglary tools, which constitutes a Class 4 Felony.
Criminal Defense You Can Count On
At Ramsell & Associates, LLC, we diligently prepare every case with an eye to prevailing at trial. While we often reach favorable plea agreements for our clients, our success in negotiations with prosecutors is based on our reputation for exhaustive trial preparation and innovative defense strategies. We make sure prosecutors understand we will not hesitate to take a case to trial if we do not receive an offer favorable to our client. Our DuPage burglary defense attorneys are committed to fierce representation of those charged with criminal offenses. We invite you to call us today at 630-256-8001 or to send us an email to schedule your free consultation in our conveniently located office in Naperville. We have offices in Wheaton and in St. Charles and Rolling Meadows by appointment.