Q: I need to speak with an attorney regarding a Second Degree Burglary charge I am currently facing.
I was pretty much bullied into opening the car door for my abusive boyfriend (now ex boyfriend) so he could load 2 weed eaters he had just stolen from a storage unit, into the back seat of his car. I opened the back door like I was told to, and Got directly back into the vehicle. I am being charged with Second Degree Burglary for literally exiting a vehicle for no longer than 10 seconds and getting right back in the same vehicle. The story has alot more details behind it but I'd prefer to just talk about it on the phone rather than typing it all out.
A: If you know about a crime, you go with them to the crime scene, you stay with them and you leave with them knowing what has occurred, you will almost always be charged as a codefendant. If you could show some coercion was applied to you, threats of some sort if you did not comply, and that you did not know what he was doing until he came to the car with the weedeaters then you might have a chance to win at a trial. Short of that, you’re guilty knowledge is a problem. This is a felony that carries prison time so you need to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately to discuss your options. If you’re indigent (poor) you can utilize the public defenders office, a free attorney, even if it goes to trial. If you bonded out then there could be a problem with the persuading the judge to appoint you this state provided attorney.
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