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Oakland Burglary Lawyer

Arrested on burglary charges?

If you were arrested for unlawfully entering a home, a commercial building or another structure as defined under PC §458-464, you could be facing imprisonment for one to six years depending on the facts of the case. Whenever you are facing criminal charges, it is vital that your rights are aggressively protected.

Attorney Castillo's devotion to his clients' cases and their success has not gone unnoticed. In 2013, he was included in the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list and he received the Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell®. If you want to work with a notable attorney, he has been featured in numerous media outlets including CNN, FOX, NBC, CBS, ABC, and more. When you choose to work with Attorney Castillo, you have a highly capable defense lawyer on your side.

California's Burglary Law

Burglary is defined under PC §458-464, which states that every person who enters any house, room, apartment, shop, warehouse, store, barn, stable, tent, vessel, or other building, railroad car, inhabited camper, vehicle (when the doors are locked), with the intent to commit grand theft or petit larceny or any felony is guilty of burglary.

Whenever a burglary involves an inhabited house, vessel, floating home, or the inhabited portion of any other building is guilty of burglary in the first degree.

  • All other burglaries are of the second degree.
  • Burglary in the first degree is punishable by 2, 4, or 6 years in prison.
  • Burglary in the second degree is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than 1 year.

Protecting Your Rights in a Burglary Case

In many burglary cases the suspect had no intention of "stealing" something or they were merely borrowing an item or retrieving something that belonged to them. Unfortunately, the burden of proof will be on your defense attorney to prove that you did not intend to steal anything or commit any other felony.

Burglary is prosecuted harshly in California and if you want to stay out of jail or prison, you are going to need a hard-hitting Oakland criminal defense lawyer such as Attorney Castillo fighting in your corner to get your charges reduced if not dismissed altogether.

Facing burglary charges? Don't risk your future, contact The Castillo Law Office today to meet with Attorney Castillo in a free case evaluation!

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    “A few years back, Ernie Castillo represented a family member of mine who was charged with a vehicular offense. Although minor compared to the high profile cases Ernie is accustomed to, Ernie took the case with the utmost professionalism and was able to reduce the charge so that my family member's record was not affected. I can't thank Ernie enough for investing his time and sincere efforts to helping my family out. He truly is a master of his craft.”


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