Burglary & Theft

Burglary and theft go hand-in-hand for the justice system because of their common relation to one another. Both burglary and theft are related to the illegal acquisition of items or money that belong to another individual or property. Due to the nature of the crime, penalties for burglary and theft can be severe: a successful conviction can land someone in prison for up to 20 years. Depending on the jurisdiction, if you have had prior convictions, you may be looking at a minimum of 5 years in prison.

To avoid, reduce or otherwise achieve a more favorable penalty, your best bet is to contact our legal team. We are experts in criminal defense, including burglary and theft.

What’s the difference between ‘Burglary’ and ‘Theft’?

Although burglary and theft go hand in hand for most crimes and convictions, they are two entirely different crimes. Theft is the criminal action of stealing from another person or a property. Burglary is the criminal act of breaking into a building or onto a property, typically with the intent to commit a crime (like theft).

Therefore, most crimes related to stealing often include both burglary and theft charges. If you find yourself accused or charged with either burglary or theft, give us a call today.

Types of Theft Offenses

Listed below are a variety of the common offenses relating to theft or burglary, although we are capable of handling every type of criminal defense in California and Placer County. Each type of theft offense will impact your arrest and conviction terms in a different way.

  • Petty Theft - the stealing of an item or belonging taken without consent.
  • Grand Theft - used to rank severities of crimes involving theft. Grand theft exceeds the state’s statutory amount. In California, any theft that results in a loss greater than $950 is considered grand theft, although additional conditions can apply. Also known as ‘grand larceny.’
  • Carjacking - the criminally violent act of stealing an occupied vehicle.
  • Shoplifting - the criminal action of stealing products from a shop, vendor or store while pretending to be a customer.
  • Grand Theft Auto - similar to grand theft, but includes automobile vehicles.
  • Burglary - illegal entry into a building or property with the intent to commit another crime (like theft).
  • Robbery - the criminal action of taking items or property from a location or individual through force or threats.
  • Embezzlement - a criminal act of misappropriating funds that were placed in the trust of a person or belonging to one’s employer.
  • Identity Theft - fraudulently acquiring personal information with the intent to use it to falsely claim to be them (typically for financial gain).
  • Credit Card Fraud - a criminal action of obtaining goods and services without paying through the use of credit or debit cards.

Dealing with burglary and theft charges can be a stressful and overwhelming experience for any individual, even if they are wrongfully accused. As experts in criminal defense, we can help you with every step of the legal process. We work hard to reduce or eliminate sentences, penalties, and other consequences so that you receive a fair judgment. Our legal firm operates in Placer County, covering the cities of Rocklin, Roseville, Lincoln, Granite Bay and surrounding areas.

Give The Law Office of Terry L. Gilbeau a call today! Do not take on burglary and theft charges by yourself.