Burglary occurs when an accused person enters a residence or structure with the intent to commit an offense – typically petty or grand theft.
Burglary is a felony in the State of Florida charged in three degrees. Full entry into the dwelling, residence, or structure is not required for the state to pursue charges of burglary. The state must prove that the accused intended to commit an offense when they lawfully or otherwise entered the structure. Charges of burglary may severely reduce your opportunities to obtain lawful employment or residences in the future.
Burglary Lawyer in Broward County, FL
Have you or a loved one been charged with burglary in Broward County, FL? If so, it is in your best interests to retain legal counsel immediately. Your attorney will be able to assist you in preparing the best defense to prove your innocence or minimize any criminal penalties you may face.
Evan A. Hoffman is a criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale who represents clients accused of theft crimes all over Broward County, including Fort Lauderdale, Margate, Dania Beach, Lauderhill, Hallandale Beach, and many surrounding areas. Call (954) 524-4474 today to have our lawyer review your case during a free, confidential consultation.
Felony Penalties for Burglary in Broward County
Burglary is a felony offense punished and charged in degrees.
Third degree burglary is pursued by the state when the accused lawfully or otherwise enters a structure with the intent to commit an offense while no one else if there. It is punishable by 5 years in prison or 5 years probation and a 5000 dollar fine.
Second degree burglary is pursued by the state when the accused enters the structure lawfully or otherwise with the intent to commit an offense. Whether or not an individual is there at the time is not relevant. Burglary is charged in the second degree only when the accused does not carry a weapon or commit an assault. It is punishable by up to 15 years in prison or 15 years probation and a 10 000 dollar fine.
First degree burglary is pursued by the state when the accused enters the structure lawfully or otherwise with the intent to commit an offense while a person is there, commits an assault or does bodily harm, uses a weapon to carry out the alleged offense, or uses a motor vehicle to assist in the offense. First degree burglary is punishable by up to life in prison.
The Hoffman Firm Lawyer for Burglary Crimes in Broward County, Florida
If you have been arrested or you think you could be under investigation for an alleged burglary offense in South Florida, you will want to seek legal representation as soon as possible. The Hoffman Firm can help you explore all of your legal options.
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman defends clients in Sunrise, Davie, Plantation, Deerfield Beach, Pembroke Pines, and other nearby communities in Broward County. He can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (954) 524-4474 or complete an online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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