Learn about Theft Crimes from a Honolulu Criminal Attorney
Burglary is the crime of breaking and entering a structure to commit an illegal act, usually theft. While usually the structure is a house or building, it can also be mobile property like a house or boat. To convict a person of burglary, the prosecution must show that the suspect knowingly entered a building without the owner's consent and intended to commit a criminal act. If you have been charged with burglary or any other type of larceny, then get in touch with my firm, the Law Office of Steve Cedillos. My goal is to provide my clients with the best possible legal defense so that they can obtain favorable results. I have been practicing law as a Honolulu criminal defense lawyer for over three decades, so you can be confident in my ability to handle your case as well.
Penalties for Theft Crime in Hawaii
There are two types of burglary with which a person may be charged in Honolulu. The lesser charge, burglary in the second degree is a class C felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. The burglary charge may be elevated to first degree if the suspect did any of the following:
- Used a dangerous weapon
- Caused injury
- Disregarded the safety of a home
Burglary in the first degree incurs penalties of a Class B felony, punishable by up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to $25,000. Those who are charged with burglary are also often charged with criminal trespassing, which is unlawful entry of someone else's property. Trespassing is usually a misdemeanor offense.
Need a Lawyer for a Burglary Case in Honolulu?
If you have been suspected of committing burglary, then don't hesitate to obtain legal services from my firm. As a Honolulu burglary attorney, I can defend your charges aggressively and effectively. Find out how I can help by filling out a free case evaluation, which allows you to get a review of your situation at no charge. Call the firm now to schedule an appointment.