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One of the most confusing things you can get yourself into is the penal code in the state of California. The mountain of legalese you’ll face will at best be complicated, and at worst it’s going to be downright convoluted. But the good news is that this doesn’t have to be an arduous process for you. In fact, if you break the letter of the law down into easy to digest parts, everything becomes fairly simple to understand. So with that said, in this post we’re going to explore some of the definitions, punishments, and legal defenses when it comes to the crime of burglary of a safe or vault, as well as burglary with explosives. Let’s get started with a few definitions.
Definitions of Burglary of a Safe or Vault / Burglary with Explosives
As far as definitions go, you’re guilty of the crime of burglary of a safe or vault / burglary with explosives when you enter a building and then either open or attempt to open a safe or vault. Along with this, the opening of the safe or vault will have had to have happened through the use of a torch or explosives, and you will have had to have had the intention to commit another crime while in the building. Seems a bit complicated, but every part of the definition has to apply in order for the charge of burglary of a safe or vault / burglary with explosives to stick. The law is very, almost oddly specific in order to avoid charging someone with this crime who doesn’t fit the bill of a perpetrator. So, with that said, let’s go ahead and get into the actual punishments that you’ll be facing should you get charged with the crime of burglary of a safe or vault / burglary with explosives.
Punishments for Burglary of a Safe or Vault / Burglary with Explosives
The bad news when it comes to the crime of burglary of a safe or vault / burglary with explosives is that under California state law, this is considered to be a felony. The actual penalties involved for this charge are, first of all, felony probation, as well as three, five, or seven years in coujnty jail under California’s realignment program, and also a fine of up to $10,000. This is also a deportable crime, which means you can be deported for committing this crime if you’re not a citizen of the US.
Legal Defense for Burglary of a Safe or Vault / Burglary with Explosives
Now while this charge is pretty serious, there are a few legal defenses that you have at your disposal should you find yourself looking down one of these charges. Among them, you can claim that you didn’t enter the building with the specific intent to commit a crime, since this intent is necessary when it comes to the charge of burglary of a safe or vault / burglary with explosives. You can even plea bargain down to a lesser charge in this case, such as possession of burglary tools or something similar.
Whatever you’re dealing with, we’ve got you covered.
As you can see, the law isn’t that hard to get a handle on once you break it down into easy to digest parts and treat it on a case by case basis. While burglary of a safe or vault / burglary with explosives carries some fairly stiff penalties, there are also options for you when it comes to mounting a convincing legal defense. So if you find yourself facing some charges, go ahead and get in touch with us. We’ll get it all sorted out for you.