Monday, May 12, Orlando officials arrested three men who were allegedly attempting to burglarize a mansion. When they were found by officers, the men were said to be dressed all in black, including in dark masks that made the men appear as ninjas. This garb led officials to believe that these suspects might also be suspects in another burglary, which also targeted a mansion, and was carried out by "ninja robbers".
The arresting police officers also said they found the men equipped with zip ties, duct tape, pepper spray, and a gun that is believed to have come from a Collier County robbery. Two men face charges of attempted burglary with a firearm. The third suspect has been accused of burglary and resisting arrest without violence. When the charge includes carrying a dangerous weapon, a charge of armed burglary is a first degree felony in Florida. While a first degree felony often means a maximum term of 30 years in prison, armed burglary is one of those first degree burglary charges where the maximum sentence could mean:
- A $10,000 fine, and
- Life in prison
Breaking and entering while armed, even if no actual theft or harm takes place, can mean decades in prison, if not living out the rest of one's life in prison. Clearly, this is a severe, severe charge. But even a weaponless burglary offense, one conducted in an inhabited building, could mean up to 15 years in prison for a second degree burglary conviction. Even if no one else is said to be in the building during the burglary, a conviction could turn into a 5-year prison sentence, that and a life as a convicted felon.
There is no such thing as a small criminal charge, especially when it comes to felony offenses. If you or someone you know faces such shattering charges, you need to work with a legal advocate who will fight for your full rights. You can find this passionate and skilled representation at Thomas & Paulk, P.A. Call our Tampa criminal defense attorneys today!