Burglary is a class three felony punishable by not less than 5 years and up to life in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. There are other statutory classifications of the crime that can be charged that carry other penalty ranges depending on the exact statute used in charging the client and the specific circumstances of the offense.
Unless caught in the act itself these cases involved recovery of evidence and therefore issues of identification of items and chain of custody. There are also sometimes forensic evidence issues such as DNA or fingerprints that must be analyzed and moved into evidence by expert witnesses. Additionally there can be issues with confessions and accomplice cooperation with police as well as testimony from lay witnesses.
There is a further consideration in this type of case. Many times someone charged with burglary or some other type of theft offense is also charged with possession of burglary tools. This is a separate class five felony and carries not less than 1 nor more than 10 years in prison. This prison time is usually in addition to that given for the underlying burglary or other theft offense.
Due to the serious nature of this charge it is advisable to contact an attorney to go over the specific circumstances of your case and determine the best course of action available in your defense. It is recommended that you contact an attorney as early in the process as possible to avoid missteps that may later damage your case and be irreversible.