Burglary Charges in Temecula, CA

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According to Penal Code 459, the state of California makes it a crime to enter someone else's property with the purpose of committing theft (either petit larceny or grand larceny) or to commit a felony.

  • Burglary offenses can occur on all types of properties, with just a few examples being listed below:
  • House
  • Apartment
  • Room within a house
  • Cabin
  • Store
  • Tent
  • Vessel
  • Floating Home
  • Inhabited Camper
  • Vehicle (when locked)

Being convicted of burglary can have a number of different negative effects on your life. These types of allegations can prevent you from obtaining a job in the future and they can also lead to criminal penalties such as lengthy probation or imprisonment.

At the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis, we can use our in-depth knowledge of California criminal law and our extensive experience to help you aggressively defend your rights in court. Our lead Temecula criminal defense attorney has been providing representation for clients since 1999.

Penalties for Burglary Convictions in Riverside County

According to California law, burglary offenses that involve properties that are being used as inhabited dwellings (e.g. residential burglary) are considered burglary in the first degree, which is punishable by two, four or six years in prison. All other burglary offenses are considered burglary in the second degree, which can lead to a sentence of either up to one year in county jail, or up to three years of imprisonment.

Individuals who are convicted of burglary in the first degree typically do not qualify for probation. Instead, they face the prospect of being incarcerated in state prison. There are certain elements to burglary offenses that can lead to more severe penalties. Those include whether any resident was home during the burglary or whether a weapon was used.

If you have been arrested for burglary in Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Winchester, Hemet, Perris, Banning, Corona or Riverside, we can help! At the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis, we work diligently to help each client build the criminal defense plan that is best suited for his or her specific circumstances.

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