You Need To Hire An Experienced Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer For Your Burglary And Robbery Cases
Burglary and robbery are serious charges with hefty prison sentences, including life in prison. Under South Carolina’s three strikes law, some habitual offenders may be sentenced to life in prison without parole. This is a complex area of law that has severe consequences for people charged with crimes such as burglary and robbery.
You need a Charleston criminal defense lawyer who will work hard to protect your rights in these cases, especially if this is not your first offense. As former prosecutors who have worked on the violent crimes team in the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, we understand how the state pursues burglary and robbery cases. We know how to negotiate with the prosecution. If the state does not have a strong case and refuses to negotiate, we can go to trial. We will discuss your options with you so you can make an informed decision. Please call us at Young & Young, Attorneys at Law, to learn how we can help.
Burglary And Robbery Are Felonies With Lengthy Prison Terms
While theft or another property crime may be an element of these cases, they are considered violent offenses and come with harsh penalties:
- Burglary in the third degree is a felony with penalties of up to five years in prison.
- Burglary in the second degree is broken up into nonviolent and violent categories.
- Burglary in the second degree, nonviolent, is a felony with penalties of up to 10 years in prison
- Burglary in the second degree, violent, is a felony with penalties of up to 15 years in prison and mandatory service of one-third of the sentence before being eligible for parole, depending on whether the offense was violent.
- Burglary in the first degree is a felony with penalties from 15 years to life in prison.
Robbery and armed robbery also have severe consequences, including:
- Robbery (common law offense) is a felony with penalties of up to 15 years in prison.
- Attempted robbery with a deadly weapon is a felony with penalties of up to 20 years in prison.
- Armed robbery is a felony with penalties of 10 to 30 years in prison and mandatory service of at least seven years of the sentence before being eligible for parole. No part of the sentence is eligible for suspension or probation.