Columbus Breaking and Entering Attorney
Unless the person is caught in the act, it is hard to convict a person of breaking and entering. Because of this, it is often possible to put up a strong defense in court by hiring a shrewd lawyer. A good lawyer will know how to downplay any evidence against you in court. This may even allow you to avoid a conviction altogether. Call Attorney Adam Burke now for your free consultation at (614) 280-9122 to discuss breaking and entering in Ohio.
Breaking and Entering in Ohio
Breaking and entering in Ohio is considered a serious crime. Because it is considered to comprise of both criminal trespass and potential felony theft, breaking and entering attracts proportionally severe penalties under Ohio law.
According to the Ohio revised code, a person who enters an unoccupied structure to commit theft is guilty of breaking and entering. Also, a person who trespasses on the lands or property of another person with the purpose of committing a felony theft is also said to be guilty of breaking and entering. 1
Breaking and Entering in Ohio Penalties
The state of Ohio considers breaking and entering a felony of the 5th degree. A felony of the 5th degree is the least grave felony offense and carries a prison term of 6 to 12 months as well as up to $2,500 in fines as penalties. 2
Breaking and entering is considered to be part of the burglary offense and by itself does not carry harsh penalties. If burglary or aggravated burglary is attempted (along with the breaking and entering) and a person is convicted, then it may become a 4th, 3rd, 2nd, or even a 1st degree felony, depending on whether anyone else was present on the premises and whether the person carried with him a dangerous weapon. Higher degree felonies carry big fines (up to $20,000) and long prison terms (up to 10 years). 3
Burke, Meis & Associates — Columbus, OH Breaking and Entering Lawyer
If you have been charged with breaking and entering in Ohio, you need an attorney. It is best to hire a lawyer who is experienced and qualified to help you present the best possible defense. An attorney will discuss the facts of your case with you and help you understand your situation. Contact Attorney Adam Burke of Burke, Meis & Associates now at (614) 280-9122 for your free consultation.