Contact an Experienced Riverside Burglary Attorney Today – 459 PC
The crime of burglary is taken seriously by Riverside County courts. You face harsh consequences if you are accused of burglary in Riverside, and the judges in the local courts are very strict when it comes to this crime. That is why you should immediately contact a skilled and knowledgeable Riverside burglary attorney at Wallin & Klarich if you are accused of this serious criminal offense.
Our law firm has been successfully defending clients accused of burglary in Riverside County for more than 35 years. With the guidance of our experienced Riverside burglary attorneys at Wallin & Klarich, you will be able to obtain the best possible outcome in your burglary case.
Contact our Riverside burglary attorneys today at (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation regarding your case. We will be there when you call.
Why You Should Choose the Riverside Burglary Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich
Few law firms have the experience defending people facing burglary charges in the Riverside courts that our law firm possesses. For more than 35 years, our skilled criminal defense attorneys have been defending clients facing burglary charges. Our numerous case victories in matters involving burglary offenses have helped us accumulate a number of awards and achievements, including a 5 out of 5 AV rating on Lawyers.com, a 10 out of 10 rating on AVVO.com, and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
Wallin & Klarich takes great pride in representing our clients accused of burglary with the professionalism and respect their cases deserve. View these testimonials from real clients who hired our Riverside law firm to defend them when they were accused of burglary:
“I thought I was going to jail when I was accused of burglary and grand theft in Riverside, but I hired Wallin & Klarich and they were able to get me an amazing result! Through my lawyers’ relationship with the D.A.’s office, they were able to have the most serious charges dropped and I only got a minor punishment for petty theft. I didn’t have to go to jail thanks to my attorneys at Wallin & Klarich. I would recommend you hire Wallin & Klarich if you are accused of burglary.”
“I was being charged with felony burglary in Riverside and was facing three years in prison. I knew I needed an experienced attorney to help me avoid prison time. When I spoke to the lawyers at Wallin & Klarich, I knew this law firm was the right fit. Wallin & Klarich believed in me so I put my faith in them. My lawyer was able to get the charges dismissed by the district attorney’s office. I can now put this matter behind me. My attorney was excellent and he achieved a result that is much better than what I could have hoped for.”
“Thank you, Wallin & Klarich. Your excellent work got my burglary case dismissed and your follow up allowed me to seal my arrest record because I was never convicted of burglary. Your efforts saved me weeks of worry and fear. You treated me and my family with the utmost respect and you were fierce in the Riverside courts. To say that I am grateful is truly an understatement.”
What is the Crime of Burglary in Riverside? (459 PC)
The crime of burglary is defined under California Penal Code Section 459 as entering a building, vehicle, vessel or other structure with the intent to steal something or commit another felony offense.
In order for you to be convicted of burglary in Riverside County, the prosecution must prove each of the following elements:
- You entered into a building or structure, and
- You did so with the intent to commit theft or another felony offense
Burglary is broken down into two different types of offenses: first degree burglary and second degree burglary.
First Degree Burglary Charges in Riverside
First degree burglary is also referred to as “home burglary” in Riverside because the crime involves entering an inhabited home or room within a home to commit theft or another felony.
Second Degree Burglary Charges in Riverside
Second degree burglary is when you enter a store, office building or any other commercial structure with the intent to commit a theft or felony. This type of burglary charge is referred to as “commercial burglary” in Riverside County.
An experienced Riverside burglary attorney at Wallin & Klarich may be able to show that the alleged action you took does not meet all of the elements necessary to convict you of burglary. Contact our law firm today at (877) 466-5245 so we can discuss the facts of your case and start building a winning defense to the burglary charges you are facing.
What Happens When You are Arrested for Burglary in Riverside?
When you are arrested for first or second degree burglary in Riverside County, you will likely be held at the jail facility closest to the location of your arrest. To find out how to locate a loved one who has been arrested for burglary in Riverside County, visit our Riverside jail information page.
The first court hearing you will have will be the arraignment. At the arraignment, you will be informed as to the specific charge you are accused of violating. You will also:
- Be informed of issues relating to bail or release
- Be informed of any future court date, and
- Be allowed to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty or no contest
We highly recommend you seek out the help of an experienced Riverside burglary attorney before you appear at your arraignment. Our skilled and knowledgeable burglary defense lawyers at Wallin & Klarich will advise you of what you should do at your arraignment and we may be able to help you save thousands of dollars in bail bonds fees. Visit our Riverside bail information page to learn how Wallin & Klarich can help you save money on bail.
Possible Sentence for Burglary in Riverside County
Sentencing for burglary in Riverside is very complicated. The sentence you face will depend upon the type of burglary offense you are charged with.
First degree burglary is a very serious felony offense. If you are convicted of first degree burglary in Riverside, you face up to six years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines. In addition, a first degree burglary conviction counts as a strike on your criminal record under the Three Strikes law.
Second degree burglary is a wobbler offense, which means it can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor depending upon the circumstances of the case and your prior criminal history. If convicted of a misdemeanor, you face up to 364 days in Riverside County jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
If you are convicted of a felony for second degree burglary, you face up to three years in county jail and fines of up to $10,000. Some reasons your second degree burglary offense could be charged as a felony include:
- You are currently on probation
- You have prior convictions on your criminal record
- You entered the property within 30 days of making a threat against the owner or occupants of the property
You should not face these harsh potential penalties without the help of an experienced Riverside burglary attorney at Wallin & Klarich. Contact our law firm today at (877) 466-5245 so we can help you obtain the most favorable outcome possible in your case.
Defenses to Burglary Charges in Riverside
At Wallin & Klarich, our skilled and knowledgeable burglary defense attorneys have been successfully defending clients charged with first and second degree burglary in Riverside County courts for more than 35 years. Here are some of the common legal defenses our burglary lawyers have used to help our clients obtain favorable results in their cases:
- Lack of intent – In order to be convicted of burglary, the prosecution must prove that you had the intent of committing theft or another felony when you entered the structure. Our Riverside burglary attorneys may be able to argue that you did not enter the structure with the intent to commit theft or another felony. For example, in some cases we have argued that our clients were intoxicated when entering the structure and therefore did not have the requisite intent to commit theft or another crime.
- Consent – In some cases, our clients have had consent to enter the home or structure and thus could not be convicted of this crime. This may be the case if you are the owner of the property or if you are in a close relationship with the owner of the property.
- Alibi – The alibi defense may be the best defense to burglary charges in Riverside County. If you were not at the scene of the crime at the time it happened, our Riverside burglary attorneys will attempt to show – via witness testimony, receipts, security camera footage or other forms of proof – that you were somewhere else at the time of the alleged incident.
An experienced Riverside burglary attorney at Wallin & Klarich will work with you to review the facts of your case and determine which valid legal defenses will apply in your specific case.
Call an Experienced Riverside Burglary Attorney at Wallin & Klarich
A burglary conviction could lead to severe penalties in Riverside County. That is why you should contact our skilled and knowledgeable Riverside burglary attorneys if you or someone you love has been accused of burglary. Our criminal defense attorneys have been successfully defending clients accused of burglary in Riverside County for more than 35 years. We can help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
Our office can be found in Riverside, right across the street from the Riverside courthouse. The office is located at:
Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
4229 Main St. Suite A/B
Riverside, CA 92501
Contact our law firm today at (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation regarding your burglary case.