Being arrested for or charged with burglary can lead to dire consequences for the accused. If you or a loved one is under investigation or has been accused of this particular crime, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney by your side. At Ali & Blankner, our Orlando burglary defense attorneys are dedicated to defending you and fighting for your rights throughout your case. With more than 85 years of combined experience and well over 100,000 cases handled, our attorneys have what it takes to aggressively protect your rights. With our in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system, you have a team that will always provide honest opinions and personalized legal advice regarding the best move for each stage of the process. We are always willing to help and strive to secure the best possible results for our clients. We are committed to safeguarding your freedom, your reputation, and your future.
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How Is Burglary Defined in Florida?
Under Florida statute 810.02, the crime of burglary is defined as "entering or remaining in a dwelling, a structure or a conveyance (boat, plane, car, or truck) with the intent to commit an offense therein" without the permission of the owner or occupant. Burglary is generally charged as a third-degree felony and is considered a serious offense. If the prosecution cannot prove any specifically intended crime, the charge is usually misdemeanor trespass.
A burglary case is a part of the charge when the prosecution believes that the defendant had an intent to commit a crime inside the dwelling. The prosecution can add burglary even if the defendant has not placed their entire body in the dwelling. It can also happen if there is a discovery of stolen possessions from that dwelling that the defendant now possesses.
Why You Should Hire a Burglary Defense Attorney
When the consequences are so severe, it is vital that you have a skilled burglary defense lawyer on your side that has your best interests at heart. The criminal justice system can be confusing, especially for those who have little to no prior experience with it. You may be unsure of your rights or how to protect them. You may feel an urge to explain what you were doing or defend yourself, but this can backfire. In fact, it is always in your best interests to remain silent until you have spoken with an attorney. Law enforcement and prosecutors will often use your words against you in court, and you may accidentally say something incriminating or make a mistake that could come back to haunt you.
When you need help fighting accusations of burglary or burglary of a dwelling, put your trust in the team at Ali & Blankner. We have decades of collective experience and a long history of success in obtaining optimal results for our clients. Depending on the specific details of your case, we may seek a reduction or dismissal of charges. In some cases, it is smart to accept a plea deal; in others, it makes sense to go to trial and fight for a not-guilty verdict. In any case, you can rely on our attorneys to advise you on all your options.
Talk with a criminal defense lawyer at our firm right away. We are backed by decades of experience and the insight of former prosecutors. Ali & Blankner offers free initial consultations and payment plans to make the process easier for you. Our bilingual attorneys and staff can assist you in English or Spanish (se habla español).
Burglary is a serious criminal offense in Florida, and it carries harsh penalties. A conviction can result in a prison sentence of 2 to 15 years. This does not include any probation or fines the court may charge.
Like other criminal offenses, the penalties for burglary depend on the specifics of the alleged crime that occurred, as well as how the offense is charged:
- Third-Degree Felony Burglary: The crime of burglary typically starts as a third-degree felony (without the presence of enhancements) when there is no one inside the structure or conveyance when the person enters it. The penalties for a third-degree felony burglary conviction include up to 5 years in prison, up to 5 years of probation, and fines up to $5,000.
- Second-Degree Felony Burglary: Burglary is charged as a second-degree felony when a person enters a dwelling, either with or without the presence of someone else in that dwelling, or enters a structure of conveyance with another person inside. Second-degree felony burglary penalties include up to 15 years in prison and/or up to 15 years of probation, as well as up to $10,000 in fines.
- First-Degree Felony Burglary: Burglary is typically charged as a first-degree felony when a person enters a dwelling, structure, or conveyance with a dangerous weapon or explosives, or when the crime involves the assault and/or battery of another person. If you are convicted of first-degree felony burglary, you face up to life in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Prosecutors typically include as many charges as possible in these types of cases. Additionally, the consequences of a conviction are not only criminal; you also face significant and long-lasting damage to your reputation and various areas of your life.
Additional penalties include:
- Loss of driver's license
- Loss of professional licenses
- Fines and court costs
- Loss of scholarships
- Community service
- Deportation if you are an undocumented immigrant
If you have been charged with burglary, you can't afford to "wait it out." Without a proper defense, you or your loved one could end up on the wrong side of that conviction. If you need legal help, contact us as soon as possible. Our team commits to keeping our clients informed and protected.
We work directly with our clients to develop personalized legal strategies tailored to their unique situations. We recognize that no two cases are exactly alike. You deserve to have more than a cookie-cutter defense—you deserve a defense that considers your specific needs, concerns, and goals.
A burglary occurs when someone enters a property or dwelling with the intent to commit a crime. Unless the property was open to the public, or the defendant was invited into the dwelling, it is burglary. Even a person that has permission to be there can receive the charge if there is an intent to perform a crime.
Some examples of burglary include:
- Being armed with a dangerous weapon inside a dwelling
- Committing assault or battery inside a dwelling or structure
- Damaging the property or a vehicle inside the property
Simply having an intention to commit an offense is all it takes. If you have been charged with burglary, you need an experienced theft crimes attorney who is fully qualified and ready to handle all aspects of your case, from arraignment to trial.
As former prosecutors, the Orlando burglary attorneys at Ali & Blankner understand how the other side will act, including the tactics they will likely use to try to put you in jail. Our firm is ready to aggressively fight for your rights and help you navigate every aspect of your case.
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