Are you being charged for burglary in Rhode Island? Burglary is regarded as entering a building or property with the goal to:
- Steal, or
- Commit a crime
Many individuals associate burglary with theft, but even if nothing was stolen and another crime were intended, this is regarded as burglary in the state of Rhode Island.
Evidence of burglary can include being caught red-handed, the testimony of a witness present, or possessing burglary tools. These include slim jims, master keys, crow bars and other devices, similar to how possession of drug paraphernalia supports the evidence of drug crimes.
Penalties for Burglary In Rhode Island
The penalties for burglary in Rhode Island include up to life in prison if found guilty. Burglary is also prosecuted in Federal court. The penalties vary based on the type of crime that the burglar is intending to commit, the circumstances of the case, and the defendant’s criminal history. Here are a few examples:
- Burglary at a place of residence warrants up to ten years in prison, with a minimum sentencing of two years. If the building were occupied, then fines of up to five thousand would also be included in sentencing.
- If there were a senior present, this aggravating factor could increase prison time by up to 20 years. Similarly, fines can be incremented to up to fifteen thousand dollars.
There are other penalties described in Rhode Island codes for burglarizing other buildings, doing so to commit arson, or being found in possession of burglary tools that a lawyer can explain in more detail.
Your lawyer can help from the moment you’re arrested, to getting you the best defense in court. Here’s how:
- Get no bail amount, or a low bail bond
- Get the best defense for burglary, by proving your innocence through research and scene re-enactments
- If you’re indeed found guilty, get the lowest sentencing arrangement in court
If you’ve been arrested for burglary in Rhode Island, contact a competent criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of John R. Grasso at 401-272-4001.