Under Mississippi criminal law, automobile burglary is a felony crime. A person is guilty of auto burglary if he:
(1) breaks and enters;
(2) an automobile, truck or trailer;
(3) in which any valuable thing is kept;
(4) with the intent to steal therein, or to commit any felony.
The State must prove each of these elements beyond a reasonable doubt. The State typically proves these facts by showing that the accused was caught in the act of breaking into the vehicle, that the accused had property in his possession which had been stolen from a vehicle a short time before he was arrested, and/or that the accused’s palmprints or fingerprints were found on the vehicle after it was burglarized (although, the mere presence of the accused’s prints, standing alone, will likely not be enough to convict the accused of auto burglary in Mississippi).
If you’ve been accused of or arrested for auto burglary in Mississippi, you need a criminal defense lawyer now. Curt Crowley can help. Please call Curt at 601.944.1984 for a free consultation. The sooner you call, the sooner we can go to work for you.