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Defending Against Florida Breaking & Entering Charges

According to Florida Statutes §810.02 (2011), burglary is the entering of a building (no matter whether it is a dwelling, structure, or conveyance), with the intent 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 This includes remaining in a building or premises after the invitation to stay has been withdrawn.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."

Are you facing burglary charges? Have you been accused of breaking and entering? The first thing to do is exercise your right to remain silent. The second thing is to contact an attorney. Only with proper legal counsel can you avoid the serious penalties associated with a burglary conviction in Florida.

For a free, confidential review of your case, call (813) 321-7323. We’re former prosecutors with over 40 years of legal experience to apply to your defense.

Florida Punishments for Burglary

Burglary carries significant penalties since it involves breaking and entering or the use of physical violation or the threat of it. It 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.

A person can be charged with a first-degree or second-degree felony after committing a burglary. The penalties for burglary will depend on the facts and circumstances of the offense. Some of the things that will impact the charges include the type of building, the way the offense was committed, and if the person used a weapon to commit the crime.

The following charges and penalties may apply for burglary in Florida:

  • First degree burglary felony: life imprisonment.
  • Second degree burglary felony: up to 15 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.
  • Third degree burglary felony: up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

Breaking & Entering During a State of Emergency

Burglary is treated differently if it is committed in a county that has been declared in a state of emergency by the Governor of Florida. If a burglary occurred and was "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, confusion, vacated houses, or limited law enforcement to help put a stop to such criminal actions.

Charged with Burglary in Tampa? We Can Help.

Once a person has been charged with burglary, it is usually in their best interests 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.

The Tampa burglary defense attorneys at Thomas & Paulk, P.A. have handled over 7,000 criminal cases. We have the skills and experience needed to help you obtain the best possible result. Regardless of how complex your case may be, our firm is prepared to handle your charges and protect your rights. All it takes is one phone call to protect your future from the penalties that may lie ahead.

Our Tampa breaking and entering defense lawyers are ready to hear your side of the story. Call us at (813) 321-7323 today to start the process with a free consultation.

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