Burglary Charge Defense
Polk County Florida Criminal Defense Firm providing Criminal Burglary Defense Attorney – Lawyer Legal Services in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, and the surrounding Central Florida area.
What is Burglary?
According to Florida Criminal Statute §810.02, burglary occurs when an person enters 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. Burglary also includes notwithstanding a licensed or invited entry, remaining in a dwelling, structure, or conveyance surreptitiously with the intent to commit an offense therein after permission to remain therein has been withdrawn, with the intent to commit an offense therein to commit or attempt to commit a forcible felony.
Maximum Burglary Conviction Penalty
If the accused does not commit an act of assault or battery in the commission of a burglary offense, the offender may be guilty of a felony of the second degree which has a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
If the accused commits an act of assault or battery in the commission of a burglary offense, the offender may be guilty of a felony of the first degree which has a maximum penalty of imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life imprisonment.
Burden of Proof for a Burglary Conviction
In order to obtain a conviction the prosecution must show beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual charged with burglary entered the dwelling, structure, or conveyance with the intent to commit a crime. If the states case is not as strong as they would like it to be they may look for anything to be in disarray or damaged in order to associate some type of crime with the alleged burglary. This could be something as small as chipped paint, which may satisfy a criminal mischief charge. We will aggressively fight for you in an effort to ensure unwarranted charges are do not play a role in making the States Burglary Case against you.
For more information regarding the burden of proof relating to burglary charges and potential defense strategies that may be available to you, contact our office by calling 863.937.9100.
If a dismissal of your burglary charge is not possible, we will ensure you are fully aware of your legal options going forward such negotiating for a plea deal, or in the case of a trial ensure you are fully aware of every aspect regarding defense strategies that may best serve in the defense of the charges against you.
Each burglary charge defense attorney, lawyer, and staff member in our law firm are ready to assist you in even the most difficult of legal challenges you may be facing. We will aggressively represent your legal needs, interests, and goals regarding your criminal burglary charge issues, as well as other misdemeanor and felony criminal defense related legal issues.
If you must address burglary charge defense issues in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, or the surrounding Central Florida area, speak to an experienced burglary defense attorney – lawyer at Carroll Law Group, P.L. today by calling 863.937.9100.