UPDATED: August 2013
In Arizona, there are three degrees of burglary. Second degree burglary is defined as the act of entering or remaining unlawfully in or on a residential structure with the intent of committing theft or any other felony activity.
Typically, these charges apply to a burglary crime that was committed in areas like homes, condominiums, apartment complexes, and other residential properties that are common targets of theft.
Second degree burglary is different than first degree in that there is no weapon used during the burglary. Third degree burglary is entering any residential or non-residential property in order to steal.
Penalties for Second Degree Burglary
Arizona considers second degree burglary a class 3 felony, which means it carries a possible prison term from 2.5 to 7 years. If there are additional aggravating factors, such as use of a weapon during burglary, or if the offender has previous burglary convictions, the maximum sentence can be as high as 25 years.
For this reason, it’s recommended that you consult a lawyer for your burglary charge, regardless of your criminal history. Having a superior legal team can help you defend your case, ensure your rights aren’t violated, and get the attention your case deserves.
We’ll Work to Reduce Your Burglary Charges
JacksonWhite Law can help get your second degree burglary charges reduced and your sentence minimized. When you work with our award-winning criminal defense team, led by Jeremy Geigle, you get years of experience on your side.
Call Jeremy today at (480) 467-4370 to schedule your free consultation.