Under Florida law, burglary is defined as “entering or remaining in a dwelling, a structure, or a conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein, unless the premises are at the time open to the public or the defendant is licensed or invited to enter or remain.”
Related offenses include crimes such as:
A burglary offense does not only apply to the premises of a personal residence; it also applies to breaking and entering any buildings, vehicles, or other structures where you obtain unlawful entry with the intent to commit a crime. More examples include stores, garages, boats, and cars.
Burglary is a serious offense with consequences that can range from brief jail time to life, depending on your situation. If you have been charged with any form of burglary, it will be in your best interest to contact a burglary lawyer immediately. An experienced attorney like Nellie L. King can make all the difference in the results of your conviction.
If you are accused of any type of burglary, theft, or trespassing crime, you could face a criminal conviction and possible jail or prison time, as well as damage to your reputation. Theft-related offenses are considered crimes of false statement, tarnishing your reputation and deterring prospective employers from offering you a job. A conviction for a theft-related offense also means you can be impeached by this type of criminal charge if you testify in court, for example.
Dependent on the circumstances of the allegations against you, you could face anywhere from 5 years to life in prison for a charge of armed burglary or burglary with an assault.
Burglary is a serious offense and is considered a felony in Florida. If you or someone you love has been arrested for burglary or a like crime, you will need an experienced defense attorney on your side.
For the prosecution to prove the crime of burglary, they must demonstrate there was an intent to commit a crime within the property. Proving there was intent to commit a crime can be difficult and is often subjective. You could be falsely accused of burglary by simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Seeking an experienced burglary defense lawyer can help challenge any false allegations against you from the prosecution. As a former public defender, Attorney King has the knowledge and experience to develop a personalized defense to protect your rights – and your reputation.