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Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.

Ann DelCollo

Ann DelCollo

Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.

David Strenfel

David Strenfel

David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.

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304 North High Street West Chester, PA 19380
Secondary Locations

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1515 Market St., #200 Philadelphia, PA 19102
135 East State St. Kennett Square, PA 19380
600 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
1489 Baltimore Pike Ste 221 Springfield, PA 19064
101 Lindenwood Dr, Ste 225 Malvern, PA 19355
150 N. Radnor Chester Rd Ste. F200, Radnor, PA 19087
313 West Liberty St., Ste 341 Lancaster, PA 17603
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Generally, burglary is defined as entering a residence or building with the intent of committing a crime. In these cases, the crime could be another type of theft or property crime, or it could be something different entirely.

Burglary charges can carry serious penalties, and if convicted you could be labeled a felon. You could face prison time, expensive fines or both. Additionally, you could be perceived as dangerous, which could have lasting effects on your ability to find work or even housing. You do not have to accept a charge as a conviction. A dedicated attorney can help you fight the charges.

West Chester Burglary Attorney

If you are facing burglary charges, contact an experienced West Chester burglary defense attorney at Ciccarelli Law Offices. The legal team is composed of experienced attorneys and former prosecutors who understand the battle you are facing. They can examine the facts of your case and work to get a favorable outcome.

Contact Ciccarelli Law Offices at (610) 719-3200. We have offices in Lancaster, Philadelphia, West Chester, Plymouth Meeting, Kennett Square, King of Prussia, Radnor and Malvern, which allows us to serve clients throughout the greater Philadelphia region. Call us to schedule a free consultation.

Information about Burglary Charges

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Burglary in Pennsylvania

Burglary generally is defined as the unwelcome entry into a building, vehicle or residence with the intent of committing some sort of crime. The crime committed most often is thought to be theft, but it also could be applied if a person enters a home to assault a resident or commit any other crime.

According to 18 Pa. C.S. § 3502, a person commits burglary if he or she enters a building or occupied structure adapted for overnight accommodation whether or not a person actually is in the building. In this instance, the term "occupied structure" means it was not abandoned. If the building was abandoned, it could be a defense against the charges. 

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Punishments for Burglary Offenses

Burglary most often is a first-degree felony, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, $25,000 in fines or both. However, there are circumstances in which the offense could be considered a lesser charge.

For instance, if the structure was not adapted for an overnight accommodation, such as a business, and no individual was present at the time of the incident, the crime could be considered a second-degree felony. This would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

A person may not be sentenced both for burglary and for the offense which it was his or her intent to commit after the burglarious entry or for an attempt to commit that offense, unless the additional offense constitutes a felony of the first or second degree, according to 18 Pa. C.S. § 3502(d).

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Defenses to Burglary Charges

Although burglary charges may seem impossible to fight, there are some defenses that could apply to your case. An experienced attorney at Ciccarelli Law Offices can work with you to learn more about your situation to see if and which defenses could apply.

According to 18 Pa. C.S. § 3502(b), it is a defense to prosecution for burglary if any of the following exists at the time of the commission of the offense:

  • The building or structure was abandoned
  • The premises are open to the public
  • The actor is licensed or privileged to enter

The prosecution also must prove the defendant intended to commit a crime while within the building. If this cannot be proven, an attorney can fight to have the charges reduced or even dropped.  Your criminal defense lawyer can help you fight the allegations.

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Finding the Best Burglary Defense Lawyer in Chester County

Ciccarelli Law Offices can help you aggressively fight charges for burglary. Your freedom and reputation are important, and the legal team at Ciccarelli Law Offices can help you protect them. Call (610) 719-3200 to schedule a free consolation. We will work with you to make sure your rights are represented.

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