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Burglary Charges? Know Your Rights.

Being convicted with a burglary charge, whether 1st or 4th degree, is a very serious matter, and should be treated as such. Any kind of charge on your record can have devastating effects on your life. Charges could interfere with future employment opportunities, could result in incarceration, and can cause societal embarrassment. The best way to avoid all of these problems is to avoid the charges, and the best way to avoid the charges is to hire a Maryland burglary lawyer.

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Degrees of Burglary Charges

Just like other areas of the law, there are different levels of burglary charges, and what degree you are charged with is very important. Here are the differences between the four degrees of burglary charges:

1st Degree

§ 6-202 of the criminal code states that 1st degree burglary is the breaking and entering into a dwelling with an intent to commit either a violent crime or a theft. The intent to commit theft could be either a misdemeanor or a felony. This crime holds a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment.

2nd Degree

2nd degree is very similar to the 1st, with the primary difference being that it is committed in a “storehouse”. A storehouse could mean any number of buildings such as a barn, factory, storefront, or public building. Like 1st degree, there must be an intent to commit violent crime, robbery, or arson. This charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.

3rd Degree

Different from the first two, as there is no specific crimes listed. 3rd degree is defined as entering a dwelling with intent to commit a crime. It is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

4th Degree

While 4th degree is a misdemeanor, it can still result in up to three years of jail time. 4th degree charges apply to anyone who enters a dwelling or a storehouse by breaking in, regardless of if there is intent to commit a crime.

Some cases can even be escalated to larceny depending on the circumstances.

Albers & Associates Works For You

Some attorneys only view their clients as just another check walking through the door, but not us. With his experience as a Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney and a Maryland burglary lawyer, Ross W. Albers has always put the interests of his clients first. We’ve helped clients of all different backgrounds and from all different situations over the years, and have treated every single one with dignity and respect.

There are many reasons why Albers & Associates have had success over the years, but perhaps one of the most explanatory reasons is the aggressive way we represent our clients. No matter the severity of your charge, we give each case the time it deserves and commit ourselves to fight for each and every individual.

Why Hire A Maryland Burglary Lawyer?

If you’ve been charged with burglary, give Albers & Associates a call today. We’d love to answer any questions you may have, and can offer you a free consultation for legal services in MD.

Criminal Defense FAQs

Can I Appeal My Criminal Case?

If your case was tried in the District Court of Maryland, you do have the right to an appeal which would result in a brand new trial that doesn’t regard the findings of the initial court that tried your case. You have 30 days from the date of sentencing to appeal a case.

Will the State Appoint Me a Defense Attorney?

You may choose to accept legal assistance from a state-appointed lawyer during your trial. However, working with a criminal defense attorney at Albers & Associates means you’ll receive more personalized and dedicated care from a lawyer who is dedicated to aggressively pursuing the best outcome possible for every client they work with.

Why Do I Need a Criminal Defense Attorney for a DUI?

Maryland is one of the states in the U.S. That assesses both administrative and criminal penalties when someone is charged with a DUI. This means that fines, license suspension, and imprisonment are all commonly assessed when a driver has been caught doing so under the influence. The MVA handles most of the administrative charges, but a criminal defense lawyer is necessary if you want to avoid harsher penalties for the criminal charges.