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Everything You Need To Know About Penal Code 459
California penal code 459 is also referred to as breaking and entering and burglary. This is the unlawful and often forceful entry into the property of another with the intention of committing a crime. Under this penal code, burglary entails the entrance of a locked automobile, room or structure with the goal of committing a petty theft or felony once inside. It is important to note, however, that it is possible for California prosecutors to charge a person under penal code 405, even when there is no evidence of forcible entry. It is only necessary to have evidence of a forcible break-in when the defendant is being charged with vehicle burglary.

Burglary Examples

Entering a vehicle with the intent of stealing the radio or any other valuable item is considered breaking and entering. Entering commercial premises to commit an assault, going into retail outlets to steal clothing, taking bicycles or other items from open garages, or going into a financial institution to knowingly cash fraudulent checks are all forms of burglary. In these instances, there is no need to forcibly enter the premises, however, the individual must enter with the intention of committing a crime, whether this is a felony crime or petty theft.

Getting Legal Help To Fight Charges Under Penal Code 459

There are many ways in which the lawyers at our firm can help you successfully fight charges that have been filed under California penal code 459. Yours may be a case of mistaken identity, in which case, our attorneys can help deliver evidence to support your claims of innocence. We will carefully review the way in which evidence has been collected against you and we’ll also make sure that law enforcement investigations were thorough and performed according to proper protocol. There are often instances in which defendants are present during the actual commission of crimes, but have no planned or unplanned involvement in these acts.

We may even be able to assist you in getting lesser charges by showing that you had no intention of committing a crime until after you were already inside of the premises. This can result in far lesser penalties and if jail time is necessary, it will help you to get a more lenient sentence. In instances in which plea bargains are made, our attorneys can provide guidance and support every step of the way. More importantly, we can make sure that all of the details of these arrangements are put in writing, so that they are certain to be honored by the court.