BURGLARY

When someone says they were charged with burglary most people picture a masked thief sneaking around a store or house at night with a flashlight. While that person would be considered a burglar, there are many other ways for a person to find themselves facing a charge of burglary.

In Iowa, a person commits Burglary when, having the intent to commit a felony, assault, or theft, they enter or remain in an occupied structure (house, car, or other building frequently used by people) without right or privilege to do so, or breaks an occupied structure having the intent to commit a felony, assault, or theft.

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Thus, if you enter a home without permission, day or night, with the intent to commit an assault on someone inside, it is can be charged as burglary. If you enter a structure without permission, day or night, with the intent to set a fire (arson - a felony) it would be considered burglary. You can also be charged with burglary for “remaining” in a structure after being requested to leave and then committing the requisite felony, assault or theft.


The penalties associated with Burglary can be severe and depend on several factors:

  1. Was anyone present in the structure that was burglarized?
  2. Was anyone injured as a result of the burglary?
  3. Was the person committing the burglary in possession of a weapon?
  4. Was it a theft from an unoccupied motor vehicle?

As experienced criminal defense attorneys Gerald B. Feuerhelm has dealt with burglary charges and can meet with you to discuss your case. Our initial consultation is always free.


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