Even a first-time offender might be sentenced to serve the maximum penalty. Other sentences for parole or probation violations, or for other cases, might be run consecutively. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you evaluate the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to go to trial. Consider seeking a confidential consultation.
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The time he is facing may depend not only on his criminal record, but also on the degree of burglary for which he is charged. The maximum penalty for a first degree burglary is greater than a maximum penalty for a fourth degree burglary. There may be other charges associated with the burglary as well. An experienced defense attorney would be able to evaluate the case against him to determine if there are any defenses that may be raised and would be able to provide mitigating information about your friend that would help reduce any possible sentences.
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It depends on what degree of burglary. It could be anywhere from just a few years to a lot of years.
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