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Burglary, Robbery & Theft

Skilled Indiana Criminal Defense Attorney Handling Burglary, Robbery, and Theft Charges

At Thomas Law, our Evansville criminal defense lawyer has extensive experience handling burglary cases, robbery, cases, and theft cases. We understand the challenges facing our clients and we work tirelessly to protect their rights, their interests, and their freedom. If you or your loved one was charged with burglary, robbery, theft, or any related offense, Jared Michel Thomas can help. For a fully confidential initial consultation with a top-rated criminal defense attorney in Southern Indiana, please call our Evansville law office at 812-492-1900 or get in touch with us online.

An Overview of Burglary Charges in Indiana

Under Indiana law (Indiana Code § 35-43-2-1), burglary is defined as the offense of “breaking and entering” into someone else’s property with the intent to commit theft or another felony offense. To be clear, burglary is distinct from unlawful entering/trespassing. There must be intent to commit theft or a felony offense. How exactly burglary will be charged depends on the specific circumstances of the case. In Indiana, burglary is:

Burglary, Robbery & Theft

  • A level 5 felony has a baseline
  • A level 4 felony if the structure being entered is someone’s home
  • A level 3 felony if anyone other than the defendant suffers a bodily injury
  • A level 2 felony if a deadly weapon is used or any person other than the defendant suffers serious bodily harm
  • A level 1 felony if the defendant breaks into a home and any resident or guest suffers severe bodily harm

Regardless of how it is charged, a burglary always carries the potential for significant criminal penalties, including jail time. These charges require immediate attention. If you or your loved one was arrested and charged with burglary in Southern Indiana, please contact our Evansville criminal defense attorney for immediate help.

An Overview of Robbery Charges in Indiana

Robbery is a serious criminal offense. Under Indiana law (Indiana Code § 35-42-5-1), robbery is defined as the knowing/intentional taking of property from another person by force or by the threat of force. To clarify, robbery does not require any actual physical force. State law allows prosecutors to bring a robbery charge based on an explicit or implicit threat of violence that caused the victim to feel fear. While robbery is always charged as a felony in Indiana, the specific classification will vary based on the underlying circumstances. Robbery is:

  • A level 5 felony as a baseline criminal offense
  • A level 4 felony if committed against a pharmacist or pharmacy employee to take a controlled substance
  • A level 3 felony if committed with a deadly weapon or if anyone other than the defendant suffers a bodily injury
  • A level 2 felony if someone other than the defendant suffers serious bodily harm
  • A level 1 felony if committed against a pharmacist or other similar professional and someone other than the defendant suffers severe bodily harm

All robbery offenses carry severe penalties, with the potential for substantial prison time. How these charges should be defended depends entirely on the unique circumstances of the case. If you or your loved one was arrested and charged with robbery in Indiana, please do not hesitate to call our Evansville criminal defense lawyer for legal help.

An Overview of Theft Charges in Indiana

Under Indiana law (Indiana Code § 35-43-4-2), theft is defined as knowingly or intentionally taking control of someone else’s property without permission and with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive them of use. To be clear, theft cannot include allegations of violence. If force or an actionable threat of force was used to take money/property, a defendant will likely face a robbery charge. Here are the basic classifications of theft charges in Indiana:

  • Theft is a Class A misdemeanor offense as a baseline criminal offense
  • Theft is upgraded to a Level 6 felony if the property is worth more than $750 or is a firearm
  • Theft is upgraded to a Level 5 felony if the property is worth more than $50,000

All theft charges carry the potential for jail time, including misdemeanor theft allegations. Though, Indiana prosecutors tend to be especially aggressive in felony theft cases. If you or your family member was arrested and charged with theft in Southern Indiana, please call our Evansville criminal defense lawyer today.

How Criminal Defense Lawyer Jared Michel Thomas Can Help Protect Your Rights

Robbery, burglary, and other theft charges are serious offenses in Indiana. While the nature of the charges and the penalties will depend on the specific allegations, you should expect aggressive action from prosecutors. As an Evansville criminal defense lawyer with extensive experience and deep ties to the community, Jared Michel Thomas is more than ready to protect your rights. When you call our law firm, you will have a chance to speak directly to an Evansville criminal defense attorney who can:

  • Listen to your story and explain your legal rights and legal options
  • Answer any questions you have about your charges or the process
  • Investigate the matter—securing all relevant evidence and information
  • Consider all options for raising the best possible legal defense

We know that there are no truly effective ‘one-size-fits-all’ options in criminal cases. Our Southern Indiana criminal defense firm will put in the time, effort, and manpower to understand your case and build a strategy focused on protecting your rights and your future. Robbery, burglary, and theft charges are complicated. You deserve personalized legal representation.

Contact Our Evansville Burglary Theft Defense Lawyer for Legal Guidance and Support

At Thomas Law, our Indiana criminal defense attorney is a skilled, aggressive advocate for clients. Jared Michel Thomas will protect your rights. If you or your loved one was arrested on any type of robbery or theft charge, we can help. Call us at 812-492-1900 for a completely confidential, no-obligation initial consultation. With a legal office in Evansville, we defend criminal charges throughout all of Southern Indiana, including in Mount Vernon, Newburgh, Princeton, and Boonville.

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