If you are under investigation for burglary in the second degree in Kansas City Missouri or have been arrested, it is crucial to consult with an experienced Kansas City burglary criminal defense lawyer immediately. As a serious property crime, this offense is a class C felony which could potentially leave those convicted facing time behind bars. The O'Connor Law Firm works aggressively to protect our clients' legal rights, provide guidance, and develop a legal strategy that will result in the best possible outcome.
Missouri Statutes Section 569.170.1 defines burglary in the second degree as knowingly or unlawfully entering a building or inhabitable structure or remaining in a building/structure unlawfully for the purpose of committing a crime within the structure. Additionally, it is a criminal offense in Missouri to possess any object that could be construed as a "burglary tool" to forcibly enter a premises or commit burglary whether a person intends to use the object him- or herself, or knows another person involved will use the object.
Regardless of the facts of your case, it is important to work with a qualified defense lawyer who can advise you regarding your legal options, answer your questions, and enlighten you regarding the criminal justice system process.
The maximum penalties for a crime committed in Missouri depend not only on whether the offense is classified as felony or misdemeanor, but the class in which the offense is included and other factors. As a class C felony, a conviction for second-degree burglary will leave the defendant facing punishment that includes fines of up to $5,000 along with a maximum prison term of seven years.
Many accused of property crimes do not fully understand the negative impact a conviction can have not only on their freedom, but reputation, career, and even relationships. If you have been accused of this offense, you must speak with a seasoned Kansas City criminal defense lawyer immediately.