Property offenses including burglary, larceny, arson, tampering, trespassing, and other crimes are aggressively prosecuted in Missouri. Those convicted will face serious consequences, often including substantial fines and jail/prison time. A criminal record also affects a person's life far more than you may realize, making it difficult to secure employment and housing. Regardless of the property crime you have been accused of it is critical to consult with an experienced Kansas City criminal defense lawyer right away, so that your legal rights and freedom can be protected from the beginning. At The O'Connor Law Firm we provide the legal support and representation essential for a positive outcome.
Larceny and theft are two terms often used interchangeably to describe the taking of personal property with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of that property. Larceny becomes burglary when someone enters a property such as a home or business unlawfully, for the purpose of stealing property or goods. In the state of Missouri, if an individual unlawfully (or without permission) enters an airplane, trailer, ship, vehicle, building, or any inhabitable structure where someone sleeps or lives, or where a group of people congregate with the intention of committing a crime such as larceny, it is considered burglary.
First-degree burglary, the most serious burglary charge, occurs when the above described action occurs and the alleged offender threatens or causes injury to another person, or goes in while armed with a deadly weapon or explosive. First-degree burglary may also be the charge a person faces when he/she unlawfully enters for the purpose of committing a crime, and someone who is not a participant in the crime is present in the structure, home, building, or dwelling.
Burglary is generally charged as a class B or D felony, depending on whether the crime is considered first-degree or second-degree. A conviction for a class B felony will result in a prison term of five to 15 years. Those found guilty of a class D felony burglary will face up to four years in prison.
The penalties a person may face if convicted of a property offense depend on the severity of the offense, criminal history, and other factors. Some larceny charges are considered "petty" offenses, while other charges such as burglary in the first degree are extremely serious. Regardless of the offense you are suspected of committing, it is critical to work with a reputable Kansas City criminal defense lawyer who puts your best interest first. Protect your legal rights and freedom; contact The O'Connor Law Firm today for a free consultation at 816-842-1111.
Matt O’Connor was previously a professor of the law of evidence, and he knows what it takes to successfully defend anyone who has been charged with crimes in Kansas City, Missouri. When you hire his team, you will get unparalleled personal attention and care that you won’t receive from any other law firm. Matt O'Connor has over 20 years experience in the court room, and has often times been called upon as a legal contributor for programs like the national Fox News channel and many other local Kansas City stations.