The criminal statutes in your state may be vastly different from other locations. If you have recently moved to a new location or have questions about how criminal statutes may affect you, it is pertinent to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after you have been charged. Criminal statutes in all states are designed to accomplish one goal and that is defining crimes in terms of a required state of mind and required acts. The required state of mind is often referred to as the actor’s intent and these requirements form the elements of any offense brought against you in the form of criminal charges.
A prosecutor maintains the responsibility to illustrate to a judge or jury that all criminal elements have been satisfied in order to officially convict you. This means that you must have had the intent to carry out the crimes and that you did the acts in question. One such example with regard to criminal statutes has to do with allegations of burglary.
Being accused of burglary is a serious issue and one that could lead to time in prison depending on the specifics of your individual case. Your lawyer should be retained immediately to look closely at the evidence in full and figure out the best way to proceed with a defense.
Many states refer to burglary as entering a domicile that belongs to another person with the intent to commit grand theft or petit theft or any felony. In order to convict an individual of this offense, a prosecutor must have to prove all three elements.
First, that the defendant entered the structure in question, that the structure belonged to somebody else and at the time the defendant entered that structure that he or she had the intent to commit a felony or to commit petit or grand theft. Look into the various required elements of the criminal statutes that you have been charged with and consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to identify whether or not this applies to your case.