Burglary Defense

In Florida burglary typically refers to unlawful entry into almost any structure with the intent to commit any crime inside. Most people fail to realize that burglary does not require physical breaking and entering; the offender may simply trespass through an open door. Unlike robbery, which involves the use of force or fear to obtain another person’s property, burglary usually happens when no victims or witnesses are present.

Burglary charges can impose varying amounts of jail time depending on the circumstances involved. Burglary can be considered a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment if, in the course of committing the offense, the offender commits assault or battery upon any person; is armed with explosives or a dangerous weapon; or causes damage to the area while committing a burglary.

As one might imagine, burglary does not include break-ins for lawful reasons related to the rescue of persons or animals, preventing or extinguishing fires, searches and seizures ordered by police, confiscation of visible contraband, carrying out a lawful arrest, or the lawful eviction of a tenant is in violation of his or her lease. Also, burglars exclude people who take shelter during a life-threatening situation such as a storm or a fire even though they have entered a property without permission.

Your defense to burglary may be related to whether or not you had intent to commit a crime. Alliance Legal Group will thoroughly investigate police records to determine whether or not police have enough evidence to continue with a charge of burglary.

People who fail to hire adequate legal representation increase their chances of becoming a convicted felon. Felons must endure a stigma which time may never erase. Upon conviction of a felony, an individual loses many of their Constitutional Rights including the right to vote and to own a gun. The convicted felon must also notify the police department of any town that they choose to relocate to for the rest of their life. Don’t let a burglary charge affect the rest of your life and prevent you from reaching your personal goals.