Burglary and Robbery Defense
Burglary is unlawfully entering another person’s home or business with the intent to commit a theft crime inside. The individual does not necessarily need to break in for the crime to be charged as burglary. The person may simply trespass through an open door to enter the property with the intent to commit a crime. Burglary is classified as a felony in Louisiana, which means the punishments are very harsh. The consequences you may face include incarceration, fines, restitution and probation. A conviction of burglary will negatively impact your life.
Once a person has been charged with burglary, it is usually in their best interest to obtain the services of a reliable criminal defense attorney. Many burglary cases also involve other crimes, it is likely that the person will be facing multiple charges. By working with an experienced burglary lawyer, you can rest assured that your case will be handled by a professional who will place every effort into contesting the charges fighting for the best possible results under the circumstances.
New Orleans Burglary Crimes
- Simple Burglary
Simple burglary is the unauthorized entering of any dwelling, vehicle, watercraft, or other structure, movable or immovable, or any cemetery, with the intent to commit a felony or any theft.
- Aggravated Burglary
Aggravated burglary is the unauthorized entering of any dwelling, vehicle, watercraft, or other structure, movable or immovable with the intent to commit a felony or any theft therein, when the offender possesses a dangerous weapon or commits a battery upon any person while in such a place.
- Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling
Simple burglary of an inhabited home is the unauthorized entry of any inhabited dwelling with the intent to commit a felony or any theft.
- Unauthorized Entry of a Place of Business
Unauthorized entry of a place of business is the intentional entry by a person without permission onto any premises, belonging to another, that is completely enclosed by any type of physical barrier that is at least 6 feet in height and used as a place of business.
- Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling
Unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling is the intentional entry by a person without permission into any inhabited dwelling or place of living by another person.
- Home Invasion
Home invasion is the unauthorized entering of any inhabited dwelling, where a person is present, with the intent to use force or violence upon the person of another or to vandalize, deface, or damage the property of another.
- Defenses to Burglary
There are a number of defenses that can be raised against burglary charges in Louisiana. Your attorney can argue lack of intent, insufficient evidence, mistake of fact, consent, or mistaken identity/false accusation. Whether or not you have any defenses available depends on the facts of your case.
Contact: New Orleans Burglary Attorney
If you or a loved one has been charged with burglary in the New Orleans area, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney who can protect your rights and ensure the details of your case are adequately represented. Regardless of the type of burglary charges you or a loved one is facing, your case should not be taken lightly. Burglary is a serious offense in Louisiana. Attorney Elizabeth Bagert Carpenter has the knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to fight for you. She is committed to ensuring that her clients get the proper attention they deserve. Contact our office at 504-599-5955 – available 24/7.