The thought of burglary is a scary one for many people. Often described as “breaking and entering,” burglary is defined as “breaking and entering a building illegally with the intent of committing a crime.” In many burglary cases, the subject “broke in” to the establishment by means of force. This could include breaking a door down or smashing a window. The image of a home robbery or someone breaking into a business storefront probably comes to mind when you think of someone committing a burglary, however there are many acts of burglary that are committed every day.

Penalties for Burglary in Rhode Island

The state of Rhode Island has three separate categories for crimes of burglary. There are burglaries of a dwelling or home, burglaries of public buildings ( churches, schools, libraries, stores, banks, etc.), and burglaries of private buildings. When investigating your case, the court will look at the unlawful entry that took place as well as the criminal intent surrounding the incident. In a case of burglary, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant in the case actually entered the building, but also entered with the intent to commit a crime once inside. The actual theft does not have to be completed for you to be charged with burglary. Simply having the intent to rob a private or public residence is enough evidence for your conviction.

The consequences you face will depend on the details of your case, which also increase based on how many prior offenses you have had. For any kind of burglary, you are looking at possibly facing years in jail, stripping you of your freedom. There are also fines you will be required to pay, which can be very costly. In many cases, you may have to pay restitution to the victim and perform a set amount of hours of community service.

Have You Been Accused of Burglary?

If you or someone you know has been accused of burglary, it’s imperative that you consult with a RI criminal defense lawyer immediately. The best thing for you to do is to request a lawyer prior to speaking with police. You don’t want to say anything that could incriminate you further, so wait until your lawyer is present to answer any questions. Do not make the mistake of thinking you can handle your burglary case on your own, without the help of a lawyer.

With an experienced lawyer by your side, you could possibly lower your penalties or even get the charges dropped altogether. It could make the difference in how much of an impact these charges have on your life. This is why it’s so important to get a great lawyer involved as soon as possible.

Kensley Barrett is a Rhode Island burglary lawyer who is ready to take on your case. He will investigate your case and put together a defensive strategy to fight for you in the courtroom. There are a variety of ways he can approach your case to minimize the penalties you face and he knows the best ways to help you.

If you’re interested in speaking to Kensley Barrett about your case, you can schedule a free one-on-one consultation with him by contacting our office. This is a no-obligation consultation and allows you the chance to discuss your case and see if he is the right lawyer for you. There’s no time to waste, so contact us today.