Burglary Crimes in Arizona


Buglary-Crimes-AZ-Castillo-LawIf you are arrested and/or charged with one of the following please contact us as soon as possible as you will need a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney to defend your rights. Ms. Castillo is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist whom has successfully defended countless people accused of the following crimes. Our Managing Attorney Jonathan Goebel is a former Deputy County Attorney whom prosecuted Theft and Burglary Crimes for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. His inside knowledge can be the key to success in your case.

Burglary in the 3rd Degree (ARS § 1506) (See also ARS § 13-1501):

A person commits Burglary in the 3rd Degree by:

  1. Entering or remaining unlawfully in a nonresidential structure (any structure not used for residing in, it includes retail stores) or in any fenced commercial yard (a fenced in area around a commercial structure) with the intent to commit any theft or felony, or
  2. Gaining entry into any part of a vehicle with a master key or “manipulation key” with the intent of committing any theft or felony.

Burglary in the 3rd Degree is classified as a class 4 felony which can be punishable by jail and/or prison time depending on the person’s criminal history.

Burglary in the 2nd Degree (ARS § 1507) (See also ARS § 13-1501):

A person commits Burglary in the 2nd Degree by:

Entering or remaining unlawfully in or on a residential structure (any structure used for human residence or lodging like house, condo, or apartment); with the intent of committing any theft or felony.

Burglary in the 2nd Degree is as a class 3 felony which can be punishable by jail and/or prison time depending on the person’s criminal history.

Burglary in the 1st Degree (ARS § 1508) (See also ARS § 13-1501):

A person commits Burglary in the 1st Degree by:

Committing either Burglary in the 2nd Degree, or Burglary in the 3rd Degree while the person or an accomplice possesses any explosives, deadly weapons, or dangerous instrument(s).

If the alleged criminal act was committed on a nonresidential structure or fenced area, you will face charges of a Class 3 felony. If, the act was committed in a residential structure like a house, condo, or apartment than it is a Class 2 felony.

Both can be punishable by jail and/or prison time depending on the person’s criminal history.

Possession of Burglary Tools (ARS § 13-1505):

A person commits Possession of Burglary Tools by:

  1. Possessing any explosive, tool, instrument or other article adapted or commonly used for committing any form of burglary as defined in sections 13-1506, 13-1507 and 13-1508 (see above) and intending to use or permit the use of such an item in the commission of a burglary.
  2. Buying, selling, transferring, possessing or using a motor vehicle manipulation key or master key.

Subsection A, paragraph 2 of this section does not apply to a person who either:

  1. Uses a master key in the course of the person’s lawful business or occupation, including licensed vehicle dealers and manufacturers, key manufacturers who are engaged in the business of designing, making, altering, duplicating or repairing locks or keys, locksmiths, loan institutions that finance vehicles and law enforcement.
  2. Transfers, possesses or uses no more than one manipulation key, unless the manipulation key is transferred, possessed or used with the intent to commit any theft or felony.

Possession of burglary tools is a class 6 felony which can be punishable by jail and/or prison time depending on the person’s criminal history.

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