Whoever enters a building without consent and with intent to commit a crime, or enters a building without consent and commits a crime while in the building, either directly or as an accomplice, commits burglary. It is important to note that one does not have to steal or even attempt to steal anything to be convicted of Burglary. Simply entering a building without permission with the intent to commit some crime while inside can expose you to potential Burglary charges. Depending on many factors including the nature of the building or premises and the nature of the crime that is committed therein, a person convicted of Burglary may face stiff penalties, including up to 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. As with any felony level offense, a conviction for felony Burglary will negatively impact the person convicted for the rest of their life. Felony level convictions render a person ineligible to use or possess firearms for life, may render a person ineligible for government assistance, (including public housing and some student loans) and will likely remain a life-long employment obstacle. If you have been charged with Burglary or believe that you will be, you should immediately contact a criminal defense attorney with experience in representing clients charged with Burglary. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience representing individuals charged with Burglary. Attorney Knuesel can be reached at Knuesel Law Firm during the day as well as through an after-hours access phone number. You have a right to speak with an attorney at any time during a criminal investigation. It is imperative that you exercise that right whether you think you may have done something wrong or whether you are certain that you haven’t.