Utah Robbery and Burglary Defense Attorneys

Salt Lake City defense attorneys can protect your rights

Robbery and burglary are crimes with many consequences if a perpetrator is caught at the scene or identified through an investigation. Conviction can lead to long prison sentences, a felony record and other consequences that can follow a person for years. Although Hollywood has for decades glorified the persona of the thief in movies, people are hurt, sometimes killed and lives can be changed. However, if you are arrested for either crime, you have rights. Moreover, sometimes the police make mistakes.

The reality is that robbery and burglary are serious crimes and Utah law is extremely tough on individuals charged with them. It is essential to seek a skilled Utah criminal defense attorney to guard your freedom if you face charges for either crime. If you are arrested on charges of burglary, contact a Utah burglary defense attorney. To protect your rights and help you with your defense, contact the criminal defense law firm of Brass and Cordova as soon as possible.

Property crimes ― theft, robbery and burglary

While most crimes of theft are misdemeanors, robbery and burglary are classified as felony offenses ― with sentencing, fines and jail time determined by the value of the stolen property. These crimes may be enhanced, which means that the sentence can be increased from a misdemeanor to a felony if factors such as prior convictions, possession of a weapon or verbal threats were involved. A robbery defense attorney in Utah is aware of the severity of the state laws, and can work with you to protect your future and freedom.

Burglary and robbery ― definitions and penalties

While theft is the unlawful taking of someone else’s property with no intention to return it, burglary involves the unlawful entry into a building with the intention of committing a felony crime. Robbery is the removal of property from another person by force. A felony is a major crime that is punishable by imprisonment and/or fines. The following categories of felonies relate to robbery and burglary :

  • First-degree includes aggravated burglary or robbery and possibly five years to life in prison with up to $10,000 in fines.
  • Second-degree includes robbery, residential burglary and possibly one to 15 years in prison with up to $10,000 in fines.
  • Third-degree includes burglary of a non-dwelling and possibly up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.

Hire an experienced and aggressive burglary defense attorney in Utah

If you or a loved one faces felony charges in any court in Utah, the defense attorneys at Brass & Cordova can help you. Please contact our offices for a free initial consultation to discuss your rights and options. Contact us today at 801.322.5678 or online.