Chicago Property Crime Attorneys

Arrested for a Property Crime in Chicago?

Contact Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Josh Adams if you have been arrested for a burglary or property crime in Illinois.

Illinois lawmakers have enacted laws criminalizing burglary (entering a building intending to commit a crime inside), home invasion (entering an inhabited dwelling and causing injury or using or threatening force while armed), and trespass (entering a person’s property without permission). Some of these crimes carry very stiff penalties.

Chicago Burglary Attorneys

Traditionally, burglary was defined as breaking and entering into a home at night with the intent to commit a felony inside. Today, most states have done away with these requirements and a person commits burglary by entering into any building without permission with the intent to commit a crime inside. In Illinois, a person commits the crime of burglary by entering or remaining in a building or vehicle (or any part of a building or vehicle) without permission with the intent to commit theft or a felony (a crime punishable by a state prison term). Burglary is punished more severely if the building is a:

  • school

  • day care center, or

  • place of worship.

(720 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/19-1.)

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Contact a Chicago Property Crime Lawyer

Law Offices of Joshua Adams

53 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 1651
Chicago, IL 60604