Burglary Criminal Defense Lawyer in Tampa Bay & Brandon Florida
Pursuant to Florida Statute 810.02 "burglary" is (1) entering 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 (2) Notwithstanding a licensed or invited entry, remaining in a dwelling, structure, or conveyance: (a) Surreptitiously, with the intent to commit an offense therein; (b) After permission to remain therein has been withdrawn, with the intent to commit an offense therein; or (c) To commit or attempt to commit a forcible felony,. The offense can occur in a car, a store, or in a house.
Burglary is a serious offense always charged as a felony, and increases in severity based on several things. If the burglary was to a structure or conveyance and no one was present, and you were not armed, it is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. If someone was present during the burglary, or if it was burglary of a house, it is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. If during the burglary you were armed or committed assault or battery, the charge is a first degree felony punishable by up to life in prison.
Burglary charges cases can be defended in many ways depending on the particular circumstances of your case. In some cases, you may prove permission to be on the property, or that the property was open to the public. You can also attack the lack of intent to commit a crime, reducing the charge to a Trespass. A Tampa Burglary defense attorney can discuss your options based on the facts of your case.
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