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Burglary Arrests In Connecticut (Part 3 of 3)

Burglary Arrests In Connecticut
(Part 3 of 3)

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Conspiracy Charges in a Connecticut Burglary Arrest

One other common tactic that the best Stamford Connecticut criminal lawyers see in Burglary arrests is the addition of a Conspiracy charge under CGS 53a-48. Connecticut Conspiracy law casts a wide net over participants in a Burglary, even if the participant had a very minor role in the crime. All that is required for a Conspiracy arrest is for you to be accused of (1) agreeing with one or more people to commit a burglary, (2) having the intent to commit the burglary (in other words, you must not be joking), and (3) committing an “overt act” in furtherance of the conspiracy. This over act could be anything from driving the getaway car to making a single credit card purchase for a backpack or flashlight used in the Burglary. Whatever your involvement may be, you should know that if you are arrested in Connecticut as part of a Conspiracy in a Burglary case, you could be punished just as severely as the other participants, regardless of your role or even if you stayed home. For more information about Conspiracy arrests in Stamford, New Canaan, Greenwich and Darien Connecticut, click here.

The Overlap Between Burglary and Home Invasion

In 2007, a violent Cheshire Connecticut burglary led to the arrest and death penalty convictions of two men for multiple counts of kidnapping, murder, assault, rape and arson. Each of these men received the death penalty plus 100+ year prison sentences. Shortly after the Cheshire murders, then-Governor Jodi Rell, along with Connecticut lawmakers enacted a new law—the crime of Home Invasion. They also dialed up the Burglary laws, making the act of entering a home at night with the intention to commit a crime Burglary in the First Degree under CGS 53a-101. Now, conduct that once carried up to 10 years in prison exposes a person arrested for First Degree Burglary in Connecticut to 20 years in prison. The distinction between Burglary and Home Invasion arrests focus on the intent of the accused—whether they possessed the intent to commit a crime while inside the premises (Burglary) or whether they intended on committing a violent felony upon a victim, or was armed with a deadly weapon. Needless to say, the threat of having your Stamford Connecticut Burglary arrest raised to a Connecticut Home Invasion arrest under CGS 53a-100aa, which carries a 10-year mandatory minimum, can quickly and detrimentally affect plea negotiations in a criminal case. Click here for more information on a Home Invasion arrest in Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan, or Darien Greenwich Connecticut.

Community Prevention Programs Designed to Assist in Burglary Arrests in Connecticut

So why do the best Fairfield County Connecticut criminal lawyers see so many Burglary arrests in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, Wilton, and New Canaan? The answer may lie in the fact that police departments in these Fairfield County towns have taken a pro-active approach to fighting Connecticut property crimes like Burglary and Home Invasion by establishing a number of community initiatives meant to act as deterrents. For example, the towns of Fairfield, New Canaan and Wilton Connecticut each have Neighborhood Watch programs that have educated their residents on warning signs, response strategies and safety plans. New Canaan Connecticut has gone to even greater lengths in fighting Burglaries – starting “The Closed House List.” With this program, New Canaan Connecticut residents can put themselves on this list if they intend on being away from home for a while, so that uniformed officers can check in on their homes once a week while they are gone. Clearly, law enforcement and residents are ramping up their crime prevention efforts, resulting in more Burglary arrests in Wilton, New Canaan and Fairfield Connecticut.

Contact an Experienced Connecticut Burglary Criminal Lawyer at Mark Sherman Law Today

As discussed above, getting arrested for Burglary in Stamford or Greenwich Connecticut presents a high-stakes battle with prosecutors. And with the chance of a Connecticut Home Invasion charge being added to your case, it is critical that you hire an experienced and aggressive criminal law firm to fight your Stamford Connecticut Burglary arrest. The team of criminal lawyers at Mark Sherman Law will ensure that no stone is left unturned in your criminal case by guaranteeing our “two-attorney review.” At least 2 of our criminal lawyers will review your file and meet with you to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your case. So whether you have been arrested in Connecticut for Criminal Trespass, Burglary or Home Invasion, we can help you fight your charges with a combination of skill, cost-efficiency, competence, and compassion. Contact an attorney at Mark Sherman Law for a consultation today at (203) 358-4700.

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