If you’re charged with burglary in Skokie or any of the surrounding communities, you’re probably more than a little concerned about what happens next.
First things first, though: it’s probably in your best interest to get in touch with a Skokie burglary defense attorney who can help you understand the charges and explain the possible consequences… and who will fight to preserve your rights and get you the best possible outcome in court.
What is Burglary in Skokie?
Burglary is the crime of knowingly entering someone’s property with the intent to commit a felony or theft inside. The property can include (but isn’t limited to):
- House trailers
- Motor vehicles
- Railroad cars
If you break into someone’s boat, for example, and you intend to take the GPS system out of it, the state could convict you of burglary. The same is true if you break into a car to take a stereo system, or if you enter a shed to steal lawn maintenance equipment. The idea is that you entered someone’s property with the intent to steal something of value or to commit another felony.
Burglary Charges in Skokie, IL
In Skokie, as well as in every other community in Illinois, burglary is a Class 2 felony.
If the state convicts you of burglary, you’re facing between three and seven years in prison.
However, if you’re facing residential burglary charges, it’s a Class 1 felony and comes with a punishment of between four and 15 years behind bars.
What to Do if You’re Accused of Burglary or Residential Burglary in Skokie
If you’re accused of burglary or residential burglary in Skokie or any of the surrounding communities, such as Chicago or Rolling Meadows, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a burglary defense lawyer as soon as you can.
Your lawyer will evaluate your case and build a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome.
Call us at 847-920-4540 for your free burglary case evaluation now. We’ll discuss the circumstances and the facts, and we’ll help ensure that your case is on the right track.