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How to Beat Burglary Charges in San Diego, CA

Prosecutors take burglary charges very seriously in California, even including burglary in our state’s three-strikes law, which drastically increases the penalties for second and third strike offenses. 

But if you’ve been charged with burglary in California, you don’t have to lose hope. The right lawyer could help to prove your innocence or get you less severe penalties. The Law Office of Bradley Corbett can help you understand how to beat burglary charges in San Diego, CA, and is experienced in defending cases like yours.

Burglary in California

There are many crimes under the category of burglary in California, including auto burglary, looting, commercial burglary, and others. A burglary is committed any time a person enters a residential or commercial structure (or vehicle) with the intention of committing a theft. This differs from a robbery because it does not include violence, and there is an intention of stealing in entering the structure.

Auto Burglary

Auto burglary occurs when a person temporarily or permanently steals a vehicle that belongs to someone else. There are three types of auto burglary:

  • Grand theft auto: This is classified as the intention of permanently stealing a vehicle.
  • Petty theft: This is forced entry into a car to steal items inside.
  • Other auto burglary offenses: This type of crime includes temporary auto theft and any other felony occurring inside a vehicle.

Grand theft auto is considered a felony, while petty theft is a misdemeanor crime. Penalties for auto burglary can range anywhere from fines to jail time.


Looting usually takes place when there is civil unrest or an emergency, and people take advantage of the chaos by stealing from stores or vehicles. Looting can include commercial burglary, grand theft auto, petty theft, or grand theft of a firearm. 

A person charged with looting could serve a minimum of 180 days in jail or up to three years in state prison. However, a skilled lawyer could make a legal defense based on misidentification of the defendant or on the basis that the defendant was a bystander.

Commercial Burglary

Commercial burglary in California is when an employee has an intent to defraud and accepts an item worth more than $250 from another employer as a bribe (without his or her own employer knowing). 

This could be charged as a misdemeanor if the bribe is worth less than $1,000 or a felony if the bribe is worth more than $1,000. Other penalties might include up to a year in county jail or three years in state prison. 

A burglary attorney could build a sound legal defense by showing that the defendant lacked intent to bribe another employer.

Breaking and Entering in California

Breaking and entering is one common form of burglary in California. This crime is defined as using force or another fraudulent means to intentionally enter a building or structure. The person doesn’t necessarily have to break something in order for the crime to be considered breaking and entering—it’s enough for the person to put any body part into a door, according to California law.

Contact Bradley Corbett Today

Are you facing burglary charges in San Diego? The knowledgeable team at Bradley Corbett’s office can defend you. We’re experts in burglary law and can help you understand the possible outcomes of your case and fight for your freedom. 

We know that the penalties of burglary charges in California can drastically alter the course of your life, especially if you’re a minor. Having a burglary on your criminal record could make it difficult to get a job, get higher education, or succeed in other aspects of life. We’ll do all that we can to defend you and reduce the penalties of your crime.

Contact us today if you’ve been involved in a burglary in California. We’ll use our years of experience to fight for you. Don’t wait. Get the counsel and strength of our legal team now.

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Don’t wait until it is too late! Delaying or even denying yourself the counsel and strength we can provide you could have life changing consequences. Call us today and let an experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney help you protect your freedoms, life, and family.

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