Burglary / Aggravated Burglary

Although not classified with the same severity as a similar robbery charge, a burglary allegation has the potential to bring with it harsh legal consequences if convicted. Being a felony, a burglary can have major debilitating effects on your social, professional, and financial livelihood.

Considering the seriousness and complexity of a burglary charge, understanding your options and searching for solutions to your problem is vital in your chances for a favorable outcome.

Columbus Burglary Attorney

With all the possible negative ramifications that come with a burglary charge, having an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney will allow you to make certain that your rights are protected while framing an effective argument to refute the claims against you.

Brian Joslyn is in a strong position to help you through this trying time due to his broad knowledge of Ohio law and dedication to upholding the individual and constitutional rights of the clients he serves. His adherence to a client-first philosophy proves that he is committed to finding solutions to your legal problems.

Call (614) 444-1900 or send an online message to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss the specifics of your case. Brian proudly represents individuals in the central Ohio counties of Franklin, Delaware, Madison, Licking, Fairfield and Pickaway.


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Burglary and Aggravated Burglary under Ohio Law

With regard to the criminal act of burglary, According to ORC §2911.12(A), no person, by force, stealth, or deception, shall do any of the following:

  • Trespass in an occupied structure, when another person other than an accomplice of the offender is present, with purpose to commit in the structure any criminal offense;
  • Trespass in an occupied structure that is a permanent or temporary habitation of any person when any person other than an accomplice of the offender is present or likely to be present, with purpose to commit in the habitation any criminal offense;
  • Trespass in an occupied structure, with purpose to commit in the structure any criminal offense.

Additionally, section (B) of ORC §2911.12 states that no person, by force, stealth, or deception, shall trespass in a permanent or temporary habitation of any person when any person other than an accomplice of the offender is present or likely to be present.

If the alleged offender is accused of violating section (A), they will be charged with a felony of the second degree.  If they are accused of violating section (B) they will be charged with a felony of the third degree.

A felony of the second degree comes with a presumptive sentence of up to 8 years in prison and / or fines of up to $15,000. A felony of the third degree comes with a presumptive sentence of up to 5 years in prison and / or fines of up to $10,000.

ORC §2911.11 defines aggravated burglary and states that a person will be guilty of the offense if that person, by force, stealth, or deception, trespasses in an occupied structure with purpose to commit any criminal offense, and the following scenarios occur:

  • Inflicts, or attempts or threatens to inflict physical harm to another;
  • Has a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance on or about the offenders person or under the offender's control.

An aggravated burglary charge is considered a felony of the first degree, which comes with a presumptive sentence of up to 10 years in prison and / or fines of up to $20,000.


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Joslyn Law Firm | Franklin County Aggravated Burglary Arrest Lawyer

If you are currently being accused of a burglary offense in central Ohio, Brian Joslyn is a criminal defense attorney who can help you get through the extremely stressful and difficult situation. Using his legal understanding and dedication to all the clients he serves, Brian can effectively argue your case while having your best intentions in mind.

Call (614) 444-1900 to schedule a risk-free and confidential consultation to go over the specifics of your case in detail with criminal defense lawyer Brian Joslyn today. The Joslyn Law Firm represents individuals accused of crimes in and around the central Ohio cities of Upper Arlington, Gahanna, Grove City, New Albany, Minerva Park, Urbancrest, London, West Jefferson, Newark, Pataskala, Lancaster, Pickerington, Circleville, Ashville or Williamsport, among others.