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Okabe & Haushalter: Defending Against Theft Crimes

Burglary is a serious type of theft offense that involves invading someone’s home or property. The Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers at Okabe & Haushalter have the experience and the drive necessary to combat these types of charges so that cases get dismissed and charges get reduced or dropped if at all possible. Burglary is considered a property crime in the state of Nevada.

The actual Nevada statutes defines burglary as the following:

“A person who, by day or night, enters any house, room, apartment, tenement, shop, warehouse, store, mill, barn, stable, outhouse or other building, tent, vessel, vehicle, vehicle trailer, semitrailer or house trailer, airplane, glider, boat or railroad car, with the intent to commit grand or petit larceny, assault or battery on any person or any felony, or to obtain money or property by false pretenses.”

Intent to Commit Burglary

In the state of Nevada, you can be arrested and charged with burglary even if you did not steal or destroy anything. According to the statutes, you can be charged with burglary even if you attempted or intended to commit burglary. According to this statute, a person’s entry into any home, business, structure, vehicle, etc. with intent to commit larceny, assault, a felony or steal money can be charged and convicted of burglary. The penalties for burglary, as subsection four of this statute indicate, are minimum 2 years’ imprisonment and maximum 15 years’ imprisonment. There may also be a fine that could amount to more than $10,000.

Breaking & Entering vs. Burglary

Is there a difference between “breaking and entering” and the crime of burglary? In Nevada, you can be charged with burglary even if you did not break into a home or other property for the purpose of entering it. In some states, breaking and entering and burglary are interchangeable, but not in Nevada. Forced entry into a home or property is sometimes involved in burglary, but this is not always the case. This crime is a Category B felony, one of the most serious types of theft offenses. Some states also have different “degrees” of burglary based upon the severity of the offense. In Nevada, burglary or attempted burglary are Category B felonies.

If you have been arrested or are under investigation for burglary/intent to commit burglary, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with our firm today. The Las Vegas theft crime attorneys at our firm have years of experience using the full extent of the law to defend against serious felony charges such as these. To learn more about how our firm may be able to assist you, contact today.