Burglary is a serious felony charge in California, and the police don’t waste any time in making an arrest. They may sometimes have to perform some follow-up investigations to make an arrest.
They will go through video footage, talk to witnesses and do anything else to prove the robbery. It’s after getting convinced that the person in custody is their suspect that they make the arrest.
When an arrest may occur
It all depends on how the police catch the suspect. They may be able to apprehend him in minutes while there may be a chase sometimes. They catch the suspect after an extensive investigation and chase.
The police takes the alleged burglar to the police station after an extensive search. They then question the suspect about the burglary and keep them in custody until court. This is usually the next business day, but never more than 48 hours after the arrest.
The police perform extensive investigations if there is no eyewitness or leads. They continue the search till they find the person, and arrest them immediately. Though they may give the suspect a chance to tell their side of the story, the suspect usually ends up arrested.
It’s after arresting the suspect that the police search them for drugs and weapons. The police search them again at the police station. They even take their photograph and fingerprints.
The police then take care of the paperwork and can their database. This is to ensure there are no active warranties for the arrested suspect.
Time for questions
The police next ask the suspect a few questions. Their main intention is to get a confession for the burglary, if possible. Or they try to assess whatever the suspect tells them.
Anyone arrested by the police for any reason can invoke their Fifth Amendment right. This protects them against giving statements to the police or even answering questions.
It’s the police’s job to try and convince the suspect that it’s better if they talk. They tell them that by not doing so they only get to hear one side of the story. Criminal defense attorneys say that most defendants end up convicting themselves after this.
So even if the police states that the defendant should talk, it’s not always true. Prospective arrestees should know that they have the right to talk to a lawyer. They also have the right to not answer questions. They should invoke these rights as often as possible.
Types of burglaries
The penalty for burglary ranges from one to 20 years of imprisonment with fines. It all depends on the burglary. There are four types of burglaries:
- First degree burglaries are felonies. The court may convict the suspect to a most of 20 years in jail if found guilty. The suspect may even have to pay a fine of not more than $35,000.
- Second-degree burglaries warrant a prison sentence of up to 10 years and/or fines of not more than $20,000.
- Third-degree burglaries are gross misdemeanors with less severe penalties.
- Fourth-degree burglaries are the least serious. The suspect may have to spend a year in prison and a fine of up to $3,000.
Type of building
It’s the court’s work to establish that you had entered a building and committed the crime. They also have to determine the appropriate punishment. It differs based on the type of building entered.
It’s a serious crime if the suspect had entered an occupied home without consent. It’s because the court assumes it may injure the occupants. Even forceful entry into buildings like a bank, government buildings, school or pharmacy is serious.
The court considers all this, and the suspect’s criminal history to decide if they deserve bail. Burglary is a serious crime in California. So it’s better to take advantage of the bail offer and secure a release from jail.
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