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Cleveland Burglary Lawyer

Defending Against Burglary Charges in Ohio

A charge of burglary can lead to extensive jail or prison time. Our team is a highly respected criminal defense law firm serving Ohio and the rest of Ohio. Our founding partner, Ian N. Friedman, as well as the members of our legal team each has been the recipient of many accolades for exceptional results in criminal defense.

Ian N. Friedman was the first to receive the Lawyer of the Year Award by the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, received inclusion in the Ohio Super Lawyers® list for seven years running, and has achieved many notable victories in difficult criminal trials.

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Understanding Ohio's Burglary Offenses

  • Breaking & Entering: considered a fifth degree felony; when an individual enters an unoccupied structure with intention of committing a theft or felony
  • Trespass in a Habitation: a fourth degree felony; trespassing onto a habitation where a person is present or likely to be so
  • Burglary: second degree felony when intention to commit a criminal offense whether occupied or unoccupied; third degree when trespassing an occupied structure and intending to commit a crime
  • Aggravated Burglary: first degree felony when an individual trespasses an occupied structure with the intention to physically harm or threaten harm to a person or there is a deadly weapon involved

Penalties for Burglary Convictions in Ohio

The state's criminal code states that no person by stealth, deception, or force may trespass in an occupied structure or a temporary or permanent habitation of any other person while they are or are not present. If you are convicted of burglary, you will be facing very severe consequences including:

  • First degree felony
    • Prison: 3 - 11 years
    • Fine: up to $20,000
  • Second degree felony
    • Prison: 2 to 8 years
    • Fine: up to $15,000
  • Third degree felony
    • Prison: 12 - 60 months
    • Fine: up to $10,000
  • Fourth degree felony
    • Prison: 6 to 18 months
    • Fine: up to $5,000
  • Fifth degree felony
    • Prison: 6 to 12 months
    • Fine: up to $2,500

Contact Our Cleveland Burglary Defense Attorney

If you hope to avoid conviction, it is imperative that you have an experienced and highly professional Ohio burglary defense attorney representing you. There are a number of situations that could lead to a charge of burglary, including a case of mistaken identity. It is essential that you are represented by a highly skilled criminal defense attorney who is personally dedicated to you, your case and your freedom.

Our firm's experience with criminal defense has proven to be highly effective for our clients, and we are prepared to review the facts in your burglary case on an immediate basis. A burglary conviction is serious. Do not wait to seek legal representation to defend your rights and fight for your case.

Contact us today to get in touch with a member of our firm's team.

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