Posted on: September 30, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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California Penal Code 459

Orange County criminal defense lawyerIf you commit a burglary in California and you’re found guilty, a number of penalties may be imposed by the court if you are convicted. In the state of California, burglary may be prosecuted as a felony or as a misdemeanor depending on the circumstances of the incident, what was stolen, if weapons were used, if injuries occurred, and if the suspect has prior convictions. If you are charged with burglary in Orange County or anywhere else in southern California, promptly contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer who can fight aggressively for justice on your behalf.

The crime rate has been declining in California. Roughly 1.2 million arrests were made by California police officers in 2014. That sounds like a lot, but it’s the lowest arrest figure since 1969 in this state. To help keep the crime rate low in Orange County, these are some recommendations for protecting yourself and your home from burglars:

  • If plan to be away for a night or longer, ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home.
  • Lock everything whenever you leave home, even if it’s only for a quick errand.
  • When you leave your home, leave some lights on.
  • Don’t tell everyone on Facebook if you’re going to be away from home.
  • Keep valuable items out of sight.
  • If you have a security system, use it.

To deter auto burglaries:

  • Park exclusively in well-lit locations.
  • Lock your vehicle and take your keys.
  • Take valuable items with you or lock them in the trunk, out of sight.

If you are charged with committing a burglary in Orange County, you could be innocent for a number of reasons. You may have genuinely believed that what you took was yours. You might be misidentified or the victim of a false accusation. If you are charged with burglary in Orange County under California Penal Code 459, put your case immediately in the hands of an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer.


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