Under Oklahoma law, it is a crime punishable by up to one year in prison to intentionally break and enter into another person’s dwelling – whether that be a house, apartment, trailer, or other home – even where you did not intend to take any property from the owner. Furthermore, if police and/or prosecutors believe you did intend to remove property, you could be facing even more serious felony burglary charges with a potential 20 years in prison. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for breaking and entering and/or any other property crimes in Oklahoma, it is critical that you speak with an experienced Oklahoma criminal defense attorney who can protect your constitutional rights and advise you on your best defense to protect your freedom. Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney J. Patrick Quillian is a former prosecutor with the skills and experience to defend you in all property crime charges.
Oklahoma state law provides several different classifications for crimes directed at another person’s dwelling:
Because a simple breaking and entering can quickly escalate to charge for burglary in the first degree, it is important to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can work towards your best outcome possible.
Even if you did not play what you consider an active role in committing the breaking and entering, you can still be successfully prosecuted for breaking and entering under Oklahoma’s rules on conspiracy and accomplice liability. Simply entering into an agreement with another person to commit a breaking and entering and committing an act in furtherance of that goal (e.g. going by a person’s house to see if they are home) can result in a conspiracy charge.
Furthermore, you can be charged with breaking and entering if you merely assisted and/or encouraged another person to commit a breaking and entering. This makes it all the more important to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can advise you on your rights and options even if you believe you are innocent.
Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney Patrick Quillian is a former Oklahoma district attorney who relies on his years of experience in prosecuting cases to provide the best possible defense for all defendants being investigated or charged with breaking and entering. Contact the office of J. Patrick Quillian, Attorney at Law, today at 405.294.4448 to schedule a free consultation to see what his criminal defense team can do for you.