burglaryA Burglary offense in Las Vegas, Nevada is a Felony.  A common misconception about the crime of Burglary is that one can only be charged if they break into someone’s home.  This is simply not true.  You can be charged with Burglary by entering day or night into any home, vehicle, building or store, with the intent to commit grand or petty larceny, an assault or battery or any Felony.  For example, if you entered a Walmart intending to steal an iPad, that is considered a Burglary, and you would be arrested and charged just the same as if you entered your neighbor’s home with the intent to steal their flat-screen TV. When charged with Burglary without the use of a firearm, you are facing 1-10 years of prison and a fine of up to $10,000. If charged with a Burglary with a Firearm the penalties are harsher.

Although a Burglary charge arising from entering a home or a store carries the same potential penalties, typically the District Attorney is far more aggressive pursuing defendants who entered a victim’s home.  Knowledge of, and experience with this type of “unwritten” distinction is vital when faced with a Burglary offense. Experience and insight into the criminal justice system is one of the many reasons why Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney Michael A. Troiano will provide an effective and efficient legal defense to protect your rights.