Burglary Defense Attorney in Tennessee
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In Tennessee, burglary is considered as unlawfully entering or remaining in a structure with the intention to commit a theft, assault, or felony. On the other hand, home invasion is a specific type of burglary which happens within a dwelling. If you are charged with burglary, you will be facing serious penalties that can cause irreparable damage to your personal life and career.
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There are two main elements to burglary: unlawful entry and the intent to commit a felony, theft, or assault inside. Entering may be accomplished by breaking into a property or entering property without permission, as well as remaining on the property after the time you are permitted to be there has expired.
The second element addresses the offender’s state of mind at the time he or she entered the building. To be convicted of this theft crime, the offender must’ve decided to commit a theft, assault, or felony, and then entered the building to do so.
Burglary is a Class D felony, punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to 12 years and a fine of up to $5,000. If the structure was a motor vehicle, train car, boat, or airplane, then it is a Class E felony, punishable by a prison sentence between one and six years, as well as a fine of up to $3,000.
Aggravated burglary, or home invasion, is a Class C felony, punishable by a prison sentence between three and five years, as well as a fine of up to $10,000. However, if the crime results in any person lawfully on the premises suffering a serious bodily injury, it is a Class B felony. A Class B felony is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from eight to 30 years and a maximum fine of $25,000.
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