Burglary in Georgia includes the unlawful entry into the dwelling, vehicle, structure, or building of another without permission and with the intent to commit a felony while you were in there. If you are convicted of a burglary charge in Georgia you face anywhere from 1 to 20 years in prison depending on your prior criminal history and other factors. Georgia criminal attorney Matt Hube will explain the range of punishment and Georgia burglary law to you during a confidential case evaluation.
All burglary convictions are felonies in Georgia, but not every case of someone unlawfully entering the property of another is a burglary. There are many factors that must be considered, and there are many defenses to a burglary in Georgia case. You do not have to steal, or even have the intent to steal anything in order to be charged with a burglary. Burglary charges can arise in simple, yet unforeseen ways in Georgia.
If you are under a restraining order and you violate that order by illegally entering the house of the person that order is meant to protect you may be charged with burglary in Georgia. Since violating the restraining order may constitute aggravated stalking, which is a felony, and it was committed by entering the dwelling place of another, you could be charged with both the violation of the restraining order, and burglary.
Additionally, if you enter someone else’s house or business with an accomplice and that accomplice steals property that raises to the level of a felony, you may be charged with burglary even though you only intended to commit a misdemeanor criminal trespass. You will be held liable for both your actions, and the actions of whomever else entered the property.
Burglary is Georgia is a serious offense. If you have been arrested for entering the dwelling, structure or building of another it is best that you do not talk to the police or anyone else until you have called Georgia criminal attorney Matt Hube. Anything you say could be grounds to enhance a misdemeanor criminal trespass charge into a burglary in Georgia. You cannot know how your words will be interpreted by the police, prosecutors, judge, or jury, and even though you may believe you were within your legal rights, you may end up in serious trouble simply by the statements you give. Contact us right now for a confidential case evaluation.