New Hampshire Burglary Lawyers
The consequences of a burglary conviction can be devastating and long-lasting. Not only do you face potential fines, restitution, and jail time, but also the social stigma that comes with having a criminal record. This may cause difficulty finding future employment or housing opportunities, or obtaining loans and other forms of credit.
Bernazzani Law offers clients reliable legal representation in burglary cases. We understand that anyone can find themselves in a precarious situation due to the actions of another person or circumstances beyond their control. Our team will work diligently to ensure your rights are protected throughout the entire process from arrest to sentencing if applicable. We have experience navigating complex legal issues associated with burglary charges and can help you get the best possible outcome for your case. With our legal expertise, you can rest assured that your case is in capable hands.
Contact us today by calling (603) 261-2214 to find out how we can help.
What Is Considered Burglary in New Hampshire?
In New Hampshire, burglary is defined under RSA 635:1 in the state’s Criminal Code. This statute broadly categorizes burglary as the unlawful entry into any structure, or separately secured or partitioned areas of a building or structure, with the intent of committing a crime within. This includes breaking and entering into a building, dwelling, or other enclosure without permission from the owner or occupant.
It’s important to note that even if no theft or property damage occurred during the burglary, the act itself can still be considered a crime. For example, if you unlawfully enter someone’s home with the intent to assault them, that is burglary. In fact, if you injure the occupant, you could also enhanced penalties.
What Are the Penalties for a Burglary Conviction?
The penalties for burglary in New Hampshire vary depending on the severity of the offense, but are typically classified as felonies. However, burglary can be charged as a misdemeanor if an individual knowingly has equipment in their possession designed to cut through or force/break open a sealed space with the intent of committing a crime. More often than not however, you will be charged with felony attempted burglary and the misdemeanor will be filed as a fall back for the prosecution.
More often, burglary is broken down into either a Class B or a Class A felony:
- Class B Felony: If an individual enters a building without permission and with criminal intent, such as stealing jewelry or electronics, it will likely be classified as a Class B felony. Class B felony convictions can come with penalties such as a maximum of seven years of imprisonment and fines.
- Class A Felony: If an individual is in possession of a deadly weapon with the intent of causing harm while entering a building without permission, the case is typically moved up to a Class A felony. Similarly, if someone enters a building without permission at night with criminal intent, it is often bumped to a Class A felony offense. A Class A felony conviction is accompanied by up to 15 years of imprisonment as well as fines.
Section 651:2 of the Criminal Code further breaks down the sentences and limitations associated with felony offenses.
Aggravating Factors Can Lead to Harsher Penalties
Sentencing for burglary offenses also depends on the defendant's criminal record and whether there were aggravating factors that caused injury or damage. If a deadly weapon was used to commit the burglary, or if there were other aggravating factors such as causing injury to someone else or damaging property during the commission of the offense, the penalties may be more severe. It’s important to note that sentences for burglary convictions may also include probation and restitution payments to victims.
Contact Bernazzani Law for Legal Assistance
You should always hire professional legal assistance when facing burglary charges. This is a serious accusation, and a conviction can seriously upend your life and permanently damage your reputation in your community. Avoiding these consequences is possible, but only when you take action to secure qualified legal representation.
You can get the help you need from Bernazzani Law. Our burglary lawyers in Nashua share many years of combined experience, which means you can benefit from our legal team’s extensive knowledge, and we can devise a personalized and comprehensive defense strategy to support you.. There’s hope for a better outcome when you reach out to us for help.
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