Burglary is a trespass into an occupied structure with purpose to commit a criminal offense. Burglary is similar to breaking and entering, but the trespass in a burglary is typically a home whereas breaking and entering involves trespass into an unoccupied structure, such as a business. If it is alleged that the perpetrator intended to inflict or threaten harm to an occupant, it is filed as aggravated burglary, commonly referred to as a home invasion.
Burglaries range under Ohio Law from a felony of the fifth degree to a felony of the first degree and carry penalties ranging from probation to eleven years in prison upon a finding of guilt. Some burglaries, such as aggravated burglary, are classified as violent crimes and cannot be sealed from your record.
Burglary allegations lead to life-altering consequences and demand immediate attention to prevent incarceration, the inability to own or possess a firearm, and the stigma that follows a serious felony conviction. With such a large range of potential outcomes, it is crucial to have an attorney who will fight to protect your livelihood. Ohio attorney Brandon Shroy has been successfully fighting to protect the rights of Ohio's citizens for 12 years in and around Franklin County. Let him use his experience to get you the best possible outcome.