How to Get in Touch with a Utah Aggravated Burglary Attorney
When most people think of burglary they think of a very amorphous idea of stealing or theft. Under Utah’s criminal code, however, burglary is a very specific offense which contains two elements, entering or remaining in a building and then an intent. The intent part of the crime is focused on why they person stays or enters the building, and under the statute the necessary intent is an intent to commit a felony, an assault, a theft, or one of a list of sex crimes. The intent element of this crime can make it very difficult for a prosecutor to convict an individual and it also gives defense attorneys a lot of wiggle room to work with. A Utah aggravated burglary attorney at Salcido Law Firm will delve into your case to scrutinize the intent element of the crime as it’s applied to the facts of your case.
How a Burglary Becomes Aggravated
In most criminal statutes where a crime is split up into a garden variety offense and then an enhanced aggravated offense the base crime is usually a violent crime, such as aggravated assault or aggravated murder. Although aggravated burglary is not necessarily based on a violent crime it does have the same attributes as an aggravated violent crime. In Utah a burglary is considered aggravated when an individual causes bodily injury, or uses or threatens to use a dangerous weapon while attempting, committing, or fleeing from a burglary.
Possible Penalties for Aggravated Burglary
As is obvious from the title of the offense, an aggravated burglary is much more serious than a general burglary, and in fact it is charged as a first degree felony which is one of the most serious offenses a person can face. With that in mind it is extremely important that an individual charged with this offense hire an attorney to defend them.
Defending Theft Crimes
If you have been charged then call a Utah aggravated burglary attorney at Salcido Law Firm today to get help defending your rights. Our attorneys are experienced in criminal defense and know how to get their clients the best outcome available and help them get through this difficult process. Call or email us today to set up a free consultation and find out more about what we can do for you.