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Fort Lauderdale Burglary Lawyer

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Burglary Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

In the state of Florida, burglary charges are separated into three distinct categories, depending on the circumstances of the incident. The potential sentence for each burglary charge varies greatly, from a simple fine to life imprisonment.

If you believe you are not guilty or have not been treated fairly during the arrest or investigation, contact The Law Offices of R. David Williams, P.A. There may be evidence to dismiss the charges or reduce your sentence. Regardless of the charge, you have legal rights, so let our Fort Lauderdale burglary lawyer review your case and determine which defense strategy makes the most sense for you.

Specific Ways in Which a Person May Commit Theft

A burglary occurs when a person enters a dwelling, structure, or conveyance with the intent to commit an offense. Burglaries can take place in the following locations:
  • A building of any kind with a roof over it
  • A motor vehicle
  • A ship
  • A vessel
  • A railroad vehicle
  • A trailer
  • An aircraft
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First-degree Felony Burglary

The seriousness and stakes of a burglary charge can be easily elevated if any unlawful physical contact occurs. It is also a first-degree felony when the person is armed within the structure, dwelling, or conveyance where the burglary takes place.

An individual can also be charged with a first-degree burglary when he or she enters a dwelling or structure and uses a getaway vehicle to assist in committing the offense and damages the building in the process. If the person causes damage to the building or structure of more than $1,000, the offense can be a first-degree felony.

First-degree felony burglary in Florida can have a punishment of up to life in prison.

Second-degree Felony Burglary

A second-degree charge is not as serious but still carries the possibility of a lengthy prison term. A person found guilty of this charge could face up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. A total of 15 years of probation is also possible. Second-degree felony burglaries charges are generally filed when the defendant does not commit battery or assault on the burglary premises, nor carries a dangerous weapon.

It is also generally the case that when an individual is charged with second-degree burglary, the accused entered the building while another person was inside at the time of the offense. In some cases, however, a person could still receive a second-degree charge if the burglarized premises were vacant at the time of the incident.

You should never take a first- or second-degree burglary charge lightly. To get the best outcome possible with your case, schedule a free consultation with our Fort Lauderdale burglary lawyer and explore your legal options.

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Third-degree Felony Burglary

The third type of burglary charge is a third-degree felony. It carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and five years of probation, as well as up to a $5,000 fine. This type of burglary occurs when the defendant enters or remains in a structure or conveyance with the intention of committing an offense, and there is no other person inside. Regardless of the severity of your burglary charge, having an effective defense plan is vital. Contact the team at The Law Offices of R. David Williams to schedule a free consultation.

Defense Strategies To Burglary

A common defense is to claim that you had consent or permission to enter the building and remain inside. There could also be a lack of proof identifying you as the person who entered the building. Our Fort Lauderdale burglary lawyer may be able to show that you entered the building with no intention of committing a crime. The entry could also have been an implied invitation into a public place, at a time when a business was open. Call us today to discuss the specific details of your case and explore your legal defense options.
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