Burglary, Florida Laws. Burglary is when a person enters or remains in a dwelling or structure with the intent to commit a criminal offense inside or unlawful activity. Burglary is a felony and carries severe penalties such as probation and even prison. During a trial, a prosecutor must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant entered the premises with intent to commit a crime or engage in unlawful activity. A defendant can also receive jail time if they entered a premise without permission or authorization or if that permission or authorization expired.
Florida law states that a burglary can be prosecuted as a felony in the first, second or third degree. It is a serious crime, much more so than a misdemeanor. Burglary laws in Florida are complicated carrying severe penalties. This can leave the defendant with potentially life-changing consequences and pay hefty fines. It is best to avoid a conviction at all costs. If you are charged with burglary, it is important to obtain legal assistance immediately.
If a burglary is committed on a structure and the building is not occupied, a defendant will likely be charged with a 3rd-degree felony.
If you are accused of burglary on a dwelling or occupied structure, you did not have a weapon and no one was hurt, you could be charged with second-degree burglary. A burglary of an authorized emergency vehicle would also charge one with second-degree burglary.
A defendant will be charged with a first-degree felony if they were armed at the time of the burglary, committed assault or battery, used a motor vehicle to enter the building or caused damage to the building at the time of the offense
If you have been arrested for burglary, it is not necessary for you to wait until you have actually been charged with a crime before hiring Mr. Chapman. If you hire him while the police and prosecutor’s office are still investigating your case, Mr. Chapman may be able to intervene on your behalf in order to help prevent charges from ever being filed against you in the first place.
Ronald Chapman practices criminal defense in both State and Federal Courts within the State of Florida. Since 1990, Mr. Chapman has been representing people accused of committing various types of crimes. If you are facing criminal charges in Florida, Ronald Chapman can help.
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