Tampa Burglary Lawyer
According to Florida Statutes §810.02 (2011), burglary is considered the entering of a building (no matter whether it is a dwelling, structure or conveyance), with the intentions to commit a crime, such as a forcible felony. This includes remaining in a building or premises after the invitation to stay has been withdrawn. Burglary is also referred to as "breaking and entering."
This is a first-degree felony if the subject commits burglary while committing an assault and battery, while armed with explosives or a dangerous weapon, or while entering into a dwelling using a motor vehicle as anything other than a getaway vehicle and causing property damage that exceeds $1,000 in monetary value. This is punishable by up to life imprisonment.
Burglary is treated differently should it be committed in a county that has been declared a state of emergency by the Governor. Should a burglary occur and be "facilitated by conditions arising from the emergency," it will also be considered a first-degree felony. This would be, for example, a burglary occurring after a natural disaster because there is panic, vacated houses, or limited law enforcement to help put a stop to such criminal actions.
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Being Charged with Burglary in Tampa
Once a person has been charged with burglary, it is usually in their best interest to obtain the services of a reliable attorney. As many burglary cases also involve other crimes, it is likely the person will be facing multiple charges. By working with an experienced lawyer, you can rest assured that your case will be handled by a professional who will place every effort into contesting their charges.
As these charges are often backed with physical evidence (video surveillance, fingerprints, etc.), a criminal defense lawyer will need to work hard to find evidence or testimony in order to clear their client's name. At Thomas & Paulk, our legal team dedicates the necessary time, energy, and resources to our clients, giving us the opportunity to reach a successful outcome for their burglary case.
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