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Theft Can Become A Class One Felony With A Jail Sentence

Theft becomes an extremely serious charge when it takes place in a residence or even in an attached garage of a residence. While a first-offense theft charge can often be resolved without jail time or a criminal record, residential burglary is a Class 1 felony, and probation is usually not available for those who are convicted of this offense. This means that you will face a significant jail sentence, even if you have never been convicted of a crime before.

At the Law Office of Philip R. Nathe, we understand the details involved in mounting an effective defense against theft charges and other property crimes, including residential, business, and motor vehicle theft. As a former assistant state's attorney for DuPage County with more than 30 years of criminal law experience, Mr. Nathe will work hard to help you obtain the best possible outcome to your case. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

What Is Burglary?

Burglary involves entering a vehicle or building for the purpose of committing a crime, such as theft or assault. There are two types of burglary:

  • Residential burglary, which involves entering a person's house or attached garage, is a Class 1 felony.
  • Business or motor vehicle burglary is usually charged as a Class 3 (probational) felony. However, burglary that results in damage to a motor vehicle is a Class 2 felony, and burglary committed in a school, day care center, or church is a Class 1 felony.

Most people do not realize the serious nature of residential burglary charges. It is not uncommon for people to leave their garage doors up during the warm months of the year. If a teen makes the mistake of entering a garage to steal beer or other items, he or she could be charged with residential burglary.

As your attorney, Philip Nathe will negotiate with prosecutors to obtain the best possible outcome. If police cannot prove that you entered a house or garage with the intent of committing a crime, you could be charged with trespassing, a far less serious offense. Our goal in any case is to protect you from a conviction that could have a damaging effect on your future. No one would want to go through life with a felony conviction on his or her record.

Discuss Your Case With an Experienced DuPage County Burglary Defense Lawyer

If you or your child has been charged with a break-in, contact Naperville property crimes lawyer Philip Nathe today to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call toll free at 888-583-6197 or 630-416-7600 to get started.

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