Burglary

What is burglary, as defined under Florida Statutes? It is a criminal offense that involves unlawfully breaking and entering, entering or remaining in another's property with the intent of committing theft or an offense once inside. A defendant in Florida may face misdemeanor or felony charges for burglary, depending on the type of structure entered as well as the use of a weapon and other factors. A felony burglary conviction on a defendant's record may result in greatly enhanced penalties for future felony convictions.

Just because you were arrested or charged with burglary, this does not mean that you should be convicted. An arrest does not equal guilt. With a Florida burglary defense attorney to protect your legal rights to the fullest extent, you have the invaluable opportunity of effectively challenging your charges and avoiding a conviction. This will require a focused, aggressive strategy based upon a meticulous investigation that reviews all pertinent evidence including the manner in which the initial investigation, collection and processing of evidence and arrest were carried out by law enforcement.

Burglary can result in either a misdemeanor or felony charge- which is subject to the discretion of the prosecution and based off of circumstances such as your past criminal record and the factors of your case. If you are convicted of a felony, you could potentially face years in state prison.

All that a prosecutor has to prove is that you entered a building and that you did so with the intent to steal or commit another crime, and you can encounter a felony or misdemeanor conviction. While there are harsh penalties even for a misdemeanor charge, if you are charged with felony burglary, this could affect you for the rest of your life.

If you are convicted of burglary, you could be sentenced to prison and forced to serve 85% of your sentence. Burglary charges shouldn't be taken lightly as it can result in a lengthy prison sentence. However, the right factors may exist that could lower your charge to a misdemeanor.

My firm is focused exclusively on the aggressive defense of clients facing various misdemeanor and felony charges in state court. As a criminal defense attorney with more than 25 years of experience, I understand what it takes to defend a client in the face of felony burglary charges. I know that your entire future may be in jeopardy. Therefore, I have staked my entire business on ensuring that only the most skillful techniques are applied to the defense methods I use when battling the criminal charges my clients face. I provide a level of legal counsel that outmaneuvers even the most aggressive attempts by law enforcement and the State Attorney's Office.

If you entrust the details of your case to my firm, I can help you evaluate what would be the best defense option. Perhaps we can prove that you lawfully entered a building, or perhaps the crime did not occur in a building/residence, perhaps you didn't intend to commit a crime when you entered the building, or perhaps the crime did not occur in a building structure. Were you forced to burglarize? Intoxicated? Or did one of the residents consent to your act? Once we assess the answers to these questions, we will be able to choose the best legal defense plan. I can help you understand all the legal consequences of the charges facing you, examine each detail of your case and help you safeguard your character and uphold your innocence! Schedule a confidential consultation and find out more about how I can use my knowledge as a criminal trial attorney to protect you in the face of burglary charges. Contact my firm today!