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Cape Cod Burglary Defense Attorney

Burglary convictions come with a host of consequences that can significantly alter your life. If you or a loved one has been accused of burglary, you should contact an attorney immediately to protect your rights. James Powderly can offer you an initial consultation for free to review the specifics of your case.

Cape Cod burglary defense attorney James Powderly has represented over 100 clients in the past decade and is committed to providing quality service to all people in the Cape Cod area. We at James Powderly have helped people with a number of high profile offenses, including burglary charges. We have been so successful that our attorney James Powderly has been named one of the Top 40 Under 40 lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. No matter your circumstances, we at James Powderly are here to help. Call us at (508) 343-0676 to discuss your legal options.

Do I Need a Criminal Defense Attorney?

A burglary conviction can disrupt many facets of your personal and professional life. If you are convicted of burglary in Massachusetts, you are at risk of facing up to 20 years in prison, even for a first offense. To avoid severe punishment, you need a lawyer that understands the complex legal terms surrounding burglary charges and that has experience dealing with cases similar to yours. A lawyer can ensure that you don’t make any statements that damage your case and that your right to a fair trial is not infringed upon. With a criminal defense lawyer’s help, you are much more likely to strike an acceptable plea deal, or even get your charges dropped, than you would on your own or with a public defender.

Why Choose James Powderly to Handle My Case?

Attorney James Powderly has helped people like you all over the Cape Cod area, from Plymouth to Westport. He has secured Not Guilty verdicts for clients with serious offenses and is known as one of Cape Cod’s most respected and successful criminal defense attorneys. His dedication as an attorney has earned him the title of “Top Defense Lawyer” by Arrive Magazine and a spot as one of the “Ten Best Lawyers” by the American Institute of Criminal Defense Attorneys. There is no one more committed to serving you than James Powderly. With a charge as serious as burglary, you want someone well-known and experienced in the field to prevent imprisonment or other harsh penalties.

Types of Cases We Handle

Burglary is defined in Massachusetts as the attempt to commit a felony by breaking and entering in a dwelling at nighttime. Depending on the severity of these elements of burglary (whether or not the attempt occurs at nighttime or the conditions of the dwelling), punishments upon conviction can be severe.

To be convicted of burglary, all three elements of Massachusett’s definition must be present. These three conditions are:

  • Must Have Occurred at Night: The illegal entry must have occurred at night to be considered burglary, unlike most other states.
  • Must Have Entered a Dwelling Without Permission: A dwelling is considered as any place inhabited with the intention of overnight stay including an apartment, house, motel room, and other outbuildings such as a tent or garage.
  • Must Have Intent to Commit a Crime: In order to be convicted of burglary, you must have intended to commit a felony before entering a place of dwelling.

If the crime you are alleged fulfills all of these qualifications, you may be tried for burglary. If you are found guilty, you may face a number of penalties, especially if the dwelling was found to be inhabited or you were armed. If no one inhabited the dwelling at the time of the attempt, and you were unarmed, you may still receive up to 20 years in prison.

There are multiple possible avenues an attorney may take to defend you against a burglary charge. If they do not try to prove that you are directly innocent, a lawyer may also use the definition and qualifications described above to prevent a burglary charge. For example, if your attorney can prove that you did not actually intend to commit a felony or that you were given consent to enter, you may avoid a burglary conviction.

Avoiding a burglary charge is difficult without a lawyer. To avoid the mass penalties associated with a burglary charge, contact James Powderly to meet with an attorney and review your case.

The Cape Cod Defense Attorney at James Powderly

The theft crimes defense lawyers with James Powderly will fight for you against your alleged burglary charge. We will do what it takes, using our decades of experience, to ensure that your rights are protected and that you avoid undeserved penalties. Call us today at (508) 343-0676 or contact us online to learn more.