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Irvine, CA Burglary Defense Attorney

People often assume that burglary equals theft, which equals robbery, but that is not true. This is important to know, because each charge can carry significantly different penalties. A burglary often involves stealing property, which is why the terms are often confused. But in fact, burglary refers to the unauthorized entering of someone’s structure (e.g., home, store) with the intent to commit an additional crime. 

To be charged with burglary, you must enter someone else’s property, without permission. The property covered varies across the states, but may include:

  • Residences
  • Cars or trucks
  • Sheds
  • Storage facilities
  • Businesses 

The prosecutor must show that you entered someone else’s property intending to commit a crime. That crime might be:

  • Theft
  • Robbery
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Assault
  • Rape
  • homicide

Defense against a burglary charge

The prosecutor will have to prove all elements of a burglary charge; that you entered a structure without permission; that the type of structure is covered by the law; and that you intended to commit another crime.

Burglaries can be misdemeanors, but are often felony crimes, but in either case require a skilled criminal defense attorney. If you need legal assistance concerning a burglary case, we recommend that you contact our Irvine, CA and Orange County burglary defense attorney, Mr. McDonald for help. Your initial consultation is free!


The Law Offices of Mark Raymond McDonald has offices in Laguna Hills and San Bernardino, CA and serves clients throughout Irvine, CA and all of Orange County.



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