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Burglary Defense Lawyer in Livingston Parish, Louisiana

Burglary Defense Lawyer in Livingston Parish, Louisiana

Have you recently been charged with burglary in Livingston Parish or Denham Springs, Louisiana? Wondering what to do next? The Barkemeyer Law Firm is here to help you. Carl Barkemeyer is a burglary defense lawyer in the Livingston Parish area of Louisiana. The state law in Louisiana includes lengthy prison sentences for burglary cases. Burglary charges most definitely require an attorney that is highly skilled and experienced with these types of cases. Proof can play a big part in burglary cases and must be treated with the utmost of care. Mr. Barkemeyer has extensively studied misidentification of proof and has successfully tried many cases before a jury while asserting misidentification as the defense. If you are charged with any of the following crimes in the Livingston Parish area, you need serious legal representation:

          Home Invasion:  Home invasion is the unauthorized entering of any inhabited dwelling, or other structure belonging to another and used in whole or in part as a home or place of abode by a person, where a person is present, with the intent to use force or violence upon the person of another or to vandalize, deface, or damage the property of another.

          Simple Burglary(Auto Burglary): Simple burglary is the unauthorized entering of any dwelling, vehicle, watercraft, or other structure, movable or immovable, or any cemetery, with the intent to commit a felony or any theft therein, other than as set forth in R.S. 14:60.

          Simple Burglary of a Pharmacy: the unauthorized entry of any building, warehouse, physician’s office, hospital, pharmaceutical house, or other structure used in whole or in part for the sale, storage and/or dispensing of controlled dangerous substances, as defined in R.S. 40:961(7), with the intent to commit the theft of any drug which is defined as a controlled dangerous substance in R.S. 40:961(7) other than set forth in R.S. 14:60.

          Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling: is the unauthorized entry of any inhabited dwelling, house, apartment or other structure used in whole or in part as a home or place of abode by a person or persons with the intent to commit a felony or any theft therein, other than as set forth in Article 60. 

          Simple Burglary of a Religious Building: the unauthorized entering of any church, synagogue, mosque, or other building, structure, or place primarily used for religious worship or other religious purpose with the intent to commit a felony or any theft therein, other than as set forth in R.S. 14:60.

          Simple Burglary of a Law Enforcement or Emergency Vehicle: the unauthorized entering of any law enforcement or emergency vehicle with the intent to commit a felony or any theft therein. For the purposes of this Section, “law enforcement or emergency vehicle” means a marked vehicle with fully visual and audible warning signals operated by a fire department, a state, parish, or municipal police department, a sheriff’s office, or such ambulances and emergency medical response vehicles certified by the Department of Health and Hospitals that are operated by certified ambulance services, and emergency vehicles of municipal departments or public service corporations as are designated or authorized by the secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development, or by the chief of police of any incorporated municipality.

          Aggravated Burglary: the unauthorized entering of any inhabited dwelling, or of any structure, water craft, or movable where a person is present, with the intent to commit a felony or any theft therein, if the offender,

          (1)  Is armed with a dangerous weapon; or

          (2)  After entering arms himself with a dangerous weapon; or

          (3)  Commits a battery upon any person while in such place, or in entering or leaving such place.

These charges of burglary are the most common types of burglary that occur in the state of Louisiana and the nation as a whole. However, there are many other types of burglary that are categorized under state law and each one needs a defense catered to that category which is where Carl Barkemeyer can help. He is extremely knowledgable with regards to the state law and can craft a defense for your specific type of burglary that can help you fight the current charges.

Penalties for burglary charges in Livingston Parish

The punishments for burglary charges in Louisiana can vary drastically depending on which type of burglary was committed and whether that type is considered a misdemeanor or felony. For instance, the punishment for simple burglary can include a fine of up to $2,000, up to 12 years in prison, or both. Meanwhile, the punishment for aggravated include at least one year (and up to 30 years) in prison. Both of these penalties are very strict for a reason, that being because any type of burglary is a very serious offense in Louisiana and cannot be taken lightly.

The other punishments for various different types of burglary include a fine of up to $5,000 and up to 25 years in prison for home invasion. These penalties can be increased if a weapon is involved or the inhabitant of the home is 65 years or older. The penalties for criminal trespassing can include a fine of at least $100 (and up to $500), up to 30 days in jail, or both. Fines and jail time increase for second and subsequent offenses. Finally, the penalties for looting include a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 15 years in prison because it is one of the most serious types of burglary.

Criminal Defense Attorney for Burglary Arrest

If you or a loved one has been charged with burglary in the Livingston Parish area of Louisiana, it is imperative that you seek help immediately. The Barkemeyer Law Firm has many years of experience in defending burglary charges and has very credible knowledge of the legal system to aid you in getting a more positive result in your case to help keep your personal life intact. If you need legal help with a burglary charge in Denham Springs, Louisiana, contact us at (225) 964-6720.

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