Police are looking for three suspects who allegedly burglarized the home of singer-actress Rihanna in Hollywood Hills. The Los Angeles Times reported that police responded to the home around 9:30 p.m. after receiving a call about the suspected burglary.
The investigation into the incident is still underway. No one was home at the time, but Rihanna's employees were alerted by the alarm system. Apparently, the suspects entered the home by shattering a glass door in the back of the house. This is the second time this year that Rihanna's home has been burglarized.
Under California Law, “Every person who enters any house, room, apartment, shop, warehouse, store,…. or other building…with intent to commit grand or petit larceny or any felony is guilty of burglary.” Simply put, if you enter a house or other building or vehicle, that you don't have permission to be in, with the intent to take something or commit another crime, you can be charged with burglary. You can also be charged with burglary even if no one is home.
Burglary is different from robbery or theft crimes—you don't have to actually take anything from inside the home or structure to be convicted of burglary. Proving burglary requires that the prosecution show 1) you entered a home or other structure, and 2) you had the intent to steal or commit another felony within the home or other structure. Intent is really the key when it comes to proving a burglary case and depending on the facts of the case, it can be very difficult for a prosecutor to prove.
Still, if proven, consequences for a burglary conviction can be serious. Burglary is considered a wobbler under California law, meaning that depending on the circumstances, it can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor. If you are facing burglary charges, you should speak to one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys to help you handle your case.
It is important to remember that the prosecutors must prove every element of a crime to get a conviction, which for burglary includes the crucial element of intent. The skilled attorneys at the Kann California Defense Group can meet with you to give you more information about burglary laws and your legal rights, options, and possible defenses. Our experienced team of attorneys and investigators understand the ramifications a burglary conviction can have in your life and will fight hard for your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help. 888-744-7730.