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What to Do if You’re Charged with Burglary

If you have been charged with Burglary, you’re going to require a skilled Arizona Theft Lawyer.

The most often seen defense to Burglary is “Lack of Intent”. This defense is accomplished by demonstrating that although a person may have been in a place where they did not have permission, they were not there with the intent to commit a felony. This shifts the serious charge of Burglary down to the less serious charge of Trespass. Another defense is demonstrating “Mistake of Fact”. This sometimes occurs when a person has been drinking, or they are unfamiliar with an area, and they accidentally walk into the wrong apartment or household. Another defense is demonstrating that the Defendant was merely on another person’s property in order to seek permission to use the telephone or garner some other type of assistance, but the owner of the property called the police before the Defendant had a chance to explain himself. It is important to interview all witnesses involved and produce documentation of the Defendant’s good character in order to demonstrate that the case does not warrant being charged as a Burglary.

There are multiple categories of theft that Burglary can be associated with.

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