Los Angeles, CA asked in Criminal Law for California

Q: Can burglary charge be reduced to one with no jail time?

My boyfriend was charged with burglary. He was with a friend that was helping me move a few things from my storage. Basically our friend and I ended up having a couple drinks and we were not able to drive. So my boyfriend, being the only one that didn't drink, offered to drive the haul. So after dropping off things at my house he went to take our friend home and seen a motorcycle unattended sitting in front of a garage. And they end up saying a couple things back and forth and and decide to go see if they could see anything wrong with it. They couldn't understand why it would have just been left there. They couldn't see any issues and still there was still nobody around to claim the bike. So he loaded into the back of the uhaul truck and got pulled over. He was arrested and charged with burglary. Can his charge be reduced to one with no jail time so he doesnt lose his job?

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Dale S. Gribow

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: More info needed.

however the charge is not reduced with you example but the sentencing could be.

In this case i would not expect jail time for someone with no record...if the facts pan out.

i am assuming it was his friend's personal garage?

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