Burglary is a Class F felony – and because it’s a felony, the consequences can be extreme. If you’re convicted, you could go to prison for up to 7 years and 6 months (with an additional 5 years of extended supervision). For most people, it makes sense to talk to an attorney – but these are three things you absolutely must do if you’re facing burglary charges.
3 Things You Must Do if the State Hits You With Burglary Charges
Whether you’re arrested in Milwaukee, Waukesha or elsewhere in Wisconsin, these are the three things you need to do when you find out you’re being charged with burglary:
- Do not talk to anyone about your case.
- Find an attorney or talk to your public defender.
- Stay out of trouble.
Here’s a closer look at each.
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#1. Do not talk to anyone (other than a lawyer) about your case.
If you pick up burglary charges, the last thing you want is to incriminate yourself further – so don’t talk to anyone about your case. That’s true even if you’re in jail and you call a friend or family member to let them know where you are; police can (and do) listen in on your phone conversations unless you’re talking to an attorney.
#2. Find an attorney or talk to your public defender.
You have the right to legal counsel, so use it. For most people, it’s best to work with a Wisconsin criminal defense attorney who has time to handle a serious felony case. While there’s nothing wrong with using a public defender, they’re often overworked and have large caseloads. A public defender may not even have time to review your case until you’re just about to walk into the courtroom.
#3. Stay out of trouble.
If you’re released from jail, do not get into any more trouble – it can harm your case. Stay away from the people who were with you when you were arrested, and be extremely careful to avoid any encounters with the police.
Do You Need Legal Advice on Burglary Charges?
We may be able to help you if you’ve been accused of burglary in Wisconsin. Call us at 414-383-6700 now to schedule a consultation – we’ll ask you some questions about your situation and answer your questions, as well.