Illinois' 720 ILCS 5 criminal statute defines burglary as "knowingly and without consent, entering or remaining within a building, trailer, aircraft, watercraft, or motor vehicle with the intent of committing a theft or a felony." More serious than some other theft crimes, burglary incorporates a trespassing-like element and is considered a serious violation of the victims. Also notice that this charge does not require the actual theft of property—only the intent to commit a crime.

Maximum felony penalties, however, can be avoided with proper counsel. At Abdallah Law, our experienced and skilled legal team is dedicated to asserting the rights of our clients and ensuring that their perspective of the events in question is emphatically put forth. Our tireless focus on criminal defense strategy and advocacy has time and time again allowed us to secure the best possible outcome for our clients.

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Illinois law breaks down burglary charges into several different categories. Generally, these address the circumstances of the crime, or the type of property involved in the incident.

Burglary charges are categorized by the following:

  • Class 1 felony: any burglary of a residence, child care facility, or religious establishment. Punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
  • Class 2 felony: all other burglaries. Punishable by up to seven years in prison.
  • Class 4 felony: the possession of "burglary tools." Any items found in your possession that are associated with burglary can result in a felony charge. Punishable by up to three years in prison.

The penalties listed here, however, are all the maximum sentences that can be handed down by a judge. That means that there is the potential for these penalties to be argued down, or even dismissed, with the proper legal counsel by your side.

Your future is too important to trust in the hands of a public defender. Ensure that your counsel brings a comprehensive and diligent approach to your burglary defense strategy. Contact us at Abdallah Law today.