Burglary is a type of theft crime that involves breaking into another person’s property. When a person commits burglary, he/she may be looking to steal from a third party, or may be looking to commit another type of criminal offense. People who commit burglary may or may not possess a weapon. However, if an offender possesses a weapon while committing burglary, it is likely that he/she will be subjected to enhanced criminal charges. Burglary is also referred to as “breaking and entering”.
Once a person has been charged with burglary, it is usually in his/her best interest to obtain the services of a criminal defense attorney immediately. Because many burglary cases also involve other crimes, it is likely that the person will be facing multiple charges. By working with an experienced criminal defense attorney, people can rest assured that their case will be handled by a professional who will place every effort into contesting their burglary charges, and other related charged.
Burglary Convictions & Penalties
It is imperative that a person who has been charged with burglary consult a criminal defense attorney quickly. As these charges are often backed with physical evidence (video surveillance, fingerprints, DNA, etc.), a defense lawyer will need to work fast to attack the prosecution’s evidence and to find evidence or testimony to support the argument of client’s innocence to show the existence of a reasonable doubt and to clear their client’s name.
A person who has been convicted of burglary will face a variety of severe legal ramifications. These legal penalties may include, but are not limited to:
- court costs and fines;
- community service;
- restitution; and
- court ordered counseling.
How an Attorney Can Help
After a person has been charged with or arrested for burglary in Florida, it is imperative that the person consult with a criminal defense attorney. A criminal defense attorney can get involved from the onset of the legal process and provide insight and direction as the person’s case progresses. Additionally, a criminal defense attorney can negotiate with judges and prosecutors to possibly have the person’s criminal charges reduced, or in some cases, dismissed entirely.