Burglary Attorney in Portland
Offering Skilled Defense for Property Crimes
Most folks think that burglary is simply breaking and entering into a home or business to steal. Oregon’s criminal definition of burglary covers a lot more than that. Burglary is defined as unlawfully or without permission entering or unlawfully remaining on any premises with the intent to commit any crime therein. Imagine you are at dinner at someone else’s home. The conversation gets heated and get into an argument with the homeowner. The homeowner asks you to leave. Before you do, you give him a shove. You may have just committed the class A felony of Burglary in the First Degree.
A person can be charged and convicted of burglary regardless of the nature of the crime they intended to commit, or whether or not they actually committed that crime. If you have been charged with burglary, it’s crucial that you have an experienced Portland burglary attorney on your side who can help you form a solid defense. With more than 20 years of experience, Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. has an in-depth understanding of Oregon theft crime laws. We use this knowledge to your advantage, working towards a strategic defense on your behalf.
Accused of burglary? Get in touch with our skilled attorneys at (503) 303-0771. We offer free initial consultations and upfront, personalized fees.
What are the Different Types of Burglary Charges?
There are two degrees of Burglary under Oregon law: Burglary in the First Degree and Burglary in the Second Degree. First degree burglary typically is one that occurs in a home, but can also be charged in other cases when certain facts are present including:
- Whether or not anyone was injured during the burglary
- Whether or not injury was attempted during the burglary
- Whether a dangerous weapon was used to commit the burglary
- Whether burglary tools or theft devices were possessed
Both first degree and second-degree burglary charges are taken very seriously under Oregon law. Both can result in a prison sentence and both may be subject to a mandatory minimum prison sentence upon conviction. Our Portland burglary attorneys can help you understand your options and work to create a tough defense.
When Your Future Is at Stake, Experience Matters
The consequences of a burglary conviction can be severe and long-lasting. You may not only be looking at steep fines and extensive jail or prison time, you may also be facing a permanent charge on your criminal record that can threaten your future ability to secure housing, student loans, employment, and more. At Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., we understand the importance of protecting your future. We use our decades of experience to help you navigate the legal process, providing answers to your questions and professional counsel every step of the way.
To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable and discreet criminal defense lawyers, call the firm at (503) 303-0771.