Burglary Attorney in Westchester County, New York
In the State of New York, it is illegal to enter or remain on someone else’s private property with any intent to commit a crime. If, for example, a retail store leaves one of its windows open and exposes its merchandise, a person could be charged with burglary if they reach into that window to steal an item. While the interpretation of this law will be subjective, any charge of burglary is serious. If you were arrested for or accused of this offense, it is crucial that you work with an experienced Westchester burglary lawyer who can fight for you. The Law Office of Michael D. Litman can help.
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Consequences of a Burglary Conviction
For a prosecutor to successfully convict a defendant of burglary, they need to prove not only that the person had illegally trespassed, but also that they had criminal intent upon doing so. The latter accusation requires that they have solid proof of their narratives, and casting doubt on that narrative is the job of a criminal defense lawyer.
Being convicted of a crime can cause a lot of unnecessary harm to your life and reputation. With a criminal record following you around, you are likely to find it more difficult to find housing, employment, and loan opportunities.
In New York, other consequences of a burglary conviction will include:
Fines of up to $5,000
Prison sentences from 1-25 years depending on the severity of the alleged offense
More serious consequences if a weapon or threats of injury were used
Defending Against the Charges
At the Law Office of Michael D. Litman, we understand how difficult your situation is right now. You may feel hopeless about your outcome and worried about whether or not you will be able to lead a normal life again. The good news is that, with a Westchester burglary lawyer on your side, you dramatically increase your chances at a favorable outcome.
Our firm maintains effective working relationships with numerous members of our legal community, and we can leverage them on your behalf to help you obtain a better outcome. You may be able to prove that you could not have committed the crime or that you were a victim of entrapment. In any case, calling us right away gives us more time to craft an effective strategy and help you protect your future.
Call our Westchester burglary defense attorney now to get started on your free consultation.