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Do You Need A Theft Or A Burglary Lawyer?

In Minnesota, theft and burglary are separate crimes. Each charge has its own specific legal definitions and consequences. Understanding the differences between the two can be important in legal contexts.

Theft is the taking of someone else’s property without consent and with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of it. Theft can take many forms, such as stealing a car, shoplifting or embezzlement. The severity of the charges depends on the value of the property stolen and other factors. The use of force or threats can increase the penalties.

Burglary, on the other hand, involves entering a building without consent and with the intent to commit a crime inside. Theft is often the purpose but can also be any other felony. Minnesota law categorizes burglary into first, second, third and fourth-degrees. First-degree burglary is the most serious charge resulting if the building was a dwelling, there were weapons present and if it was nighttime.

Both crimes are taken seriously by Minnesota courts. Convictions can lead to imprisonment, fines, and a lasting criminal record. Speak to an experienced defense attorney at MGM Law Office if you are contending with charges for suspicion of theft or burglary.

Hire An Experienced Theft Lawyer To Fight The Charges

In Minnesota, theft charges vary widely depending on the value of the property stolen and the circumstances of the crime. For property valued at $500 or less, offenders face misdemeanor charges, potentially resulting in up to 90 days in jail and fines up to $1,000. As the value increases, so do the penalties.

Theft of property valued between $500 and $1,000 upgrades the charge to a gross misdemeanor, which can lead to 364 days in jail and fines reaching $3,000. The most severe penalties apply to thefts exceeding $35,000 or thefts involving a firearm. This felony charge could result in up to 20 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.

Penalties For Burglary Offenses In Minnesota

Experienced lawyers for burglary in Minnesota are aware that the offense is subject to aggressive prosecution and categorization by type of premises – a building, a home, a retail store – and the offender’s intent. For example:

  • First-degree burglary: The most serious, involves entering a dwelling with the intent to commit a crime while armed with a dangerous weapon or assaulting a person within. This charge can result in up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $35,000.
  • Second-degree burglary: Pertains to entering government, banking or residential premises without authorization when accompanied by possession of burglary tools or theft intent. Penalties include up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $20,000.
  • Third-and fourth-degree charges: Involve unlawful entry into a building without committing assault or being armed, with lesser penalties.

Effective Burglary Defenses

Criminal defense lawyers in Minnesota know that defending against burglary charges requires a nuanced understanding of the law and a robust defense strategy. Common defenses include challenging the prosecution’s evidence on the defendant’s intent to commit a crime or disputing the unlawful entry allegation. In cases where mistaken identity or alibi can be proven, these defenses may undermine the prosecution’s case. Additionally, proving consent to enter the premises or that there was no intent to commit a crime can be powerful defenses.

Why Choose Theft Lawyer Michael G. Martin?

With experience in defending a range of theft and burglary cases, Michael G. Martin has a deep understanding of Minnesota’s complex criminal justice system. His strategic approach can be pivotal in your case. He commits to protecting your rights to due process and your future. Call MGM Law Office in Minneapolis at 612-474-5568 or send an email for a free consultation.