Illinois Burglary Defense Attorney
DuPage County, Cook County and Will County Burglary Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with a burglary in the State of Illinois, you are being accused of a serious criminal offense. A conviction may mean severe penalties that can impact every aspect of your life. You need an aggressive and experienced defense attorney to help protect your rights and avoid disruption to your work and family life. The attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. have represented clients facing burglary charges throughout Northwest Chicago. We have the knowledge and dedication necessary to handle a skilled burglary defense and bring your case to the best possible resolution.
Burglary Charges in Chicago
In Illinois, the term "burglary" may involve one of three different, but related, offenses:
- Burglary - knowingly entering or remaining in a building, trailer, watercraft, aircraft, or motor vehicle without consent and with the intent to commit a felony or theft
- Residential burglary - knowingly entering or remaining in the dwelling place of someone else without consent or legal authority, with the intent of committing a felony or theft
- Burglary tools possession - possessing any key, tool, instrument, device, or explosive suitable for breaking into a building, trailer, watercraft, aircraft, or motor vehicle, with the intent to commit a felony or theft
If you are convicted of burglary, you could face a maximum of 3-7 years imprisonment, probation, and/or hefty fines. Knowledgeable, aggressive, and experienced defense counsel is essential to defending your rights and protecting your interests.
Defending Burglary Charges in DuPage County and the Chicago Area
As with all criminal prosecutions, the prosecutor in your case must prove each element of the burglary, beyond a reasonable doubt. For example, the prosecutor must prove that you unlawfully entered or remained in the structure in question without permission, with the specific intent to commit a felony or theft. Proving this beyond a reasonable doubt is a difficult task, and may serve as a matter for your defense in your burglary case. Improving your legal prospects takes thorough investigation, knowledge of the applicable laws and all pertinent facts, and adept skill in effective burglary defense. Our attorneys at Kathryn L. Harry and Associates, P.C. have what it takes minimize the serious penalties you face. We are respected in the courtrooms of Illinois, and reputed for our tenacious efforts on behalf of every client we represent.
Our lawyers understand how mistakes in judgment can get out of hand, leading to criminal charges and consequences way beyond your intention. A conviction on burglary charges exposes you to serious jail time, heavy fines, and personal and social devastation. Our first effort is to fight the charges against you, through dismissal or reduction. In the courtroom, we take a sound aggressive defense approach, challenging the prosecution's ability to meet its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Don't put your freedom in jeopardy. Contact McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. where we are serious about helping you defend your rights and getting your life back. Our defense attorneys are ready to discuss your case in a free initial consultation. We have three convenient offices in the Chicago area, and serve DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties.