Fort Myers Burglary Attorney
Have you been arrested for burglary in the state of Florida?
There are several different types of burglary charges that you can be charged with but all of them are considered to be felony crimes in the state of Florida. The crime of burglary is clearly defined in Chapter 810 of the Florida code as breaking a entering or trespassing onto someone else's property with the intention to commit a felony crime. Whether you break into a building, dwelling, home, vehicle or other kind of structure, as long as you had the motive to commit a crime then you could be facing burglary charges. Seek legal protection from a Fort Myers criminal defense lawyer at our firm to protect your rights against the prosecution.
The three main types of burglary crimes that you can be charged with in the state of Florida include:
Burglary of a dwelling- This crime can be committed be either unlawfully entering the premises or lawfully entering the dwelling but then remaining inside after they have been asked to leave. The dwelling in this crime could be any building with a roof that is designed to house people for the night.
Burglary of a structure- This crime is similar to the one above only it is not a lodging place for residents overnight. A structure is considered to be anything with a roof that is a permanent or temporary building. If the structure is occupied, then the penalties can be much harsher.
Burglary of a conveyance- A conveyance is considered to be any type of motorized vehicle, ship or vessel. This could include breaking into a car, aircraft, or railroad car with the intent to commit a felony.
Penalties for Burglary Crimes in Florida
If you are found to have committed the burglary of a dwelling, then it is considered to be a second degree felony crime. This crime is punishable for up to 15 years in prison, 15 years of probate and a fine of no more than $10,000. With the burglary of a structure, the penalties with vary depending on whether or not the structure was occupied or not. For the burglary of an occupied structure, a judge can impose a sentence of 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation and/or a fine up to $10,000. With an unoccupied structure however, the penalties are less severe with only a five year prison sentence, five year probationary period and/or $5,000 in fines. According to Florida's criminal punishment code, the penalties for a burglary of conveyance would include up to five years in prison, a five year probation sentence and/or up to $5,000 in fines.
Defending Against Burglary Charges in Fort Myers, FL
Burglary is a serious felony offense that should not be taken lightly. With hard-hitting former prosecutors on your side, your chances of success would be far greater. Our firm is knowledgeable of all effective burglary defense strategies - we could contest the charges on grounds of consent to enter, property being open to the public or your lack of intent to commit a crime. We have successfully defended against some of the most austere felony crimes and we have a
track record of success to show for it. With experience in hundreds of jury trials, our legal team will do everything in our power to help you achieve positive results in your criminal case. Attorneys Brian Edwards is a passionate advocate for the accused and will fight vigorously to have your charges reduced or discharged altogether. Discuss your charges with us today by filling out a
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