In September of 2016, an Oklahoma City woman was arrested on four counts of Oklahoma second degree burglary. She began in the Valvoline gas station parking lot, entering unlocked vehicles and also taking purses. Upon arrival in the Sprouts parking lot, police found her in her car with her shirt around her neck and covering her face. While searching her vehicle, police came across several purses belonging to others. This is a simple case of second degree burglary. Read on to understand more and also how we can help you in a similar situation.
Oklahoma Second Degree Burglary Law:
In 21 Okl.St.Ann. § 1435, you can find the elements of second degree burglary. The statute states:
“[Anyone] who breaks and enters any building…., room, booth, tent, railroad car, automobile, truck, trailer, vessel or other structure or erection, in which any property is kept, or breaks into or forcibly opens, any coin-operated or vending machine or device with intent to steal any property therein or to commit any felony, is guilty of burglary in the second degree.
Therefore, if the state can prove you enter any of the buildings or spaces listed above, with the intent to steal property inside the space, you will likely receive charges of second degree burglary. This also applies if you have the provable intent to commit any felony while inside the space. Further, second degree burglary often couples with other crimes, such as possession of burglar’s tools (crowbars, master keys, etc.).
Oklahoma Second Degree Burglary Penalties:
The punishment for Second Degree Burglary is in 21 Okl.St.Ann. § 1436. It designates second degree burglary as a felony. The sentence comes with a punishment of imprisonment between 2 and 7 years in the State Penitentiary. However, there are far reaching effects even after you complete your prison sentence. In Oklahoma, felons are unable to vote, own a firearm, and hold jobs in certain professions—including a political office. As a result, these can all hamper a person for a lifetime.
Oklahoma Second Degree Burglary Lawyers Can Help You:
If you find yourself in a situation that may link you to an Oklahoma second degree burglary charge call us. We understand that one bad choice shouldn’t dictate the rest of your life. Our Tulsa criminal attorneys have experience in litigating criminal matters just like yours. We care about you and we care about your case. Our first consultation is free.
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