Burglary in Louisiana is defined as the unlawful entry into a structure with intent to commit crime inside. Burglary is not necessarily the same crime as breaking and entering -- a person can commit burglary simply by trespassing through an open door, if they intend to commit a crime once they are inside.
If you have been arrested for or charged with burglary in the state of Louisiana, you need a lawyer who will work to protect your legal rights as a defendant. A crime like burglary, while not as serious a charge as a violent crime, still damages your record and can give you difficulty next time you need to complete a background check for employment. In order to keep your record an your reputation as clean as possible, contact Bloom Legal today at 504.599.9997 to schedule a free consultation with a Louisiana burglary lawyer.
Just as burglary is not necessarily the same crime as breaking and entering, it is also distinct from robbery. Robbery involves the use of fear, intimidation, or force to take another person's property without their consent. Burglary frequently occurs when there are no witnesses or victims present to actually identify the perpetrator. Because of this, false accusations occur regularly, and it is crucial that you retain a skilled lawyer to determine if there are any weaknesses or inconsistencies in the investigators' evidence. The New Orleans-based burglary defense attorneys at Bloom Legal will review the prosecution's evidence to determine if they have enough evidence to actually pursue the burglary charge.
Burglary in Louisiana is not just the unlawful entry into a home
You may also be charged with burglary in Louisiana if you have unlawfully broken into a business or a vehicle. In fact, there are several different types of burglary which variously affect the severity of the charge, the probability of conviction, and the severity of the sentence. These include:
- Residential burglary
- Commercial burglary
- Burglary involving the use of a deadly weapon
- Burglary involving the entry of a vehicle, vessel, or cargo, with the intention of stealing
Within these different types of burglary, the charges again vary in severity. The burglary charge will be significantly more severe if any of the following related conditions were present:
- If the burglary was committed in conjunction with assault and battery
- If the burglary was committed while in possession of a weapon or explosives
- If the burglary caused damage to the property
Bloom Legal, Louisiana burglary defense attorneys
Because of the many different factors that can influence your particular charge and case, you need a skilled and knowledgeable attorney who will help you navigate the law and craft an appropriate defense. At New Orleans' Bloom Legal, we will work to protect your constitutionally guaranteed legal rights as a person charged with a crime. We serve clients from across Louisiana and the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner metropolitan area, including:
- Slidell, Covington, and the rest of St. Tammany Parish
- Chalmette and St. Bernard Parish
- LaPlace and St. John the Baptist Parish
- Metairie, Kenner, Gretna, and the rest of Jefferson Parish
- Des Allemands and St. Charles Parish
Wherever you are in Louisiana, if you have been charged with or arrested for burglary, you need an experienced Louisiana criminal defense lawyer who will work to keep you out of jail. Call Bloom Legal today at 504.599.9997 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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