Burglary is a charge taken seriously by Broward County prosecutors. There are different degrees of burglary. Recently, a plaintiff appealed his judgment and sentence. He appealed the judge’s denial of his motion to withdraw his nolo contendere plea. He claimed his plea was the result of bad advice or ineffective assistance of counsel, and should be treated as involuntary.
The case arose when the defendant was charged with burglary of a dwelling with a battery after reportedly trying to visit the mother of their son in order to convince her he should be able to visit the son. Burglary of a dwelling with a battery is a first degree felony for which you can face life imprisonment. The defendant was also charged with the first degree misdemeanor of domestic violence battery.
The victim claimed that the defendant came to her home, tried to force his way inside, ripped her clothes, grabbed her by the hair and tried to pull her out of the home. The surveillance footage also showed this. A no contact order was already in place from prior domestic violence episodes.