While theft and burglary are similar in nature, they are separate crimes, both of which are serious criminal offenses.
A burglary occurs when an individual enters a home, business or other occupied structure with the intent to commit an offense therein. Depending upon the circumstances of the burglary, if convicted, you may be sentenced to a prison term ranging from a few years up to a life sentence.
A theft occurs when an individual knowingly and intentionally obtains or uses property of another without the victim's consent or knowledge. Theft may also be the act of depriving the victim the right to the property or the ability to benefit from the property. Unlike burglary, a crime of theft does not have to involve entering into a home or establishment.
Depending upon the value of the property taken or used without consent by the victim, you may be charged with a petty theft up to grand theft. Both petty theft and grand theft may be punishable by jail or prison time, with grand theft carrying a more severe sentence.
In order for you to be convicted of a theft or burglary related crime, you must be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Due to many thefts and burglaries occurring at night, many eye witnesses find it difficult to accurately identify who they believe committed the theft or burglary offense. Our job is to make sure the prosecution does not use witnesses to falsely identify the innocent for the purpose of simply closing a case. The same goes for unreliable and grainy video evidence.
We will ensure that every witness statement and piece of evidence is appropriately challenged, as well as the investigation and processing of the crime scene, in an effort to professionally protect your legal rights and freedom.
Billmaier & Cuneo, LLC aggressively defends the legal rights of those charged with grand theft and burglary, while addressing all related issues that should be taken into consideration when defending your legal rights and freedom. It is important that you are aware of the penalties which may be awarded if convicted of a grand theft or burglary charge, including:
If you have been charged with an grand theft or burglary in the Perrysburg, Maumee, Sylvania, Toledo, Bowling Green, Oregon, Woodville, Fremont, Clyde, Northwood, Findlay, Lambertville, Temperance, Monroe or the Northwest Ohio and Southwest Michigan areas, contact an experienced attorney (lawyer) at Billmaier & Cuneo, LLC today by calling 419.931.0067 in Northwest Ohio or 734.568.0136 in Southeast Michigan.
As a progressive law firm dealing with today's legal issues, we provide you the voice of experience, and quality legal representation in your grand theft, burglary defense or other criminal defense legal needs.
Ohio Law Offices
Phone: (419) 931-0067
Michigan Law Offices
P.O. Box 253
Lambertville, MI 48144
Phone: (734) 568-0136