Burglary is not a charge to be taken lightly and if you are found guilty, you could face serious consequences including imprisonment, fines, restitution, probation, community service, and more. It’s important to work hand-in-hand with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer who can help you advocate for your rights under the law. Here’s what you should know about the crime of burglary.
Burglary Defined Under Florida Law
Florida statutes define burglary fairly simply. In order to be charged with burglary, a defendant must — without permission — enter a building with the intent to steal something or commit any type of felony. Although theft is a misdemeanor, it is considered separate from felonies and included in the definition of burglary. If you do not take any property or commit any crimes, but it can be proven that you intended to do so, you may be charged with burglary.
How to Defend Yourself Against Burglary Charges
There are a multitude of potential defenses to a burglary charge. Which defenses are used depends on the facts of your case and which defense your attorney thinks is most likely to be successful under the circumstances. Defenses can include but are not limited to arguing:
- Actual innocence
- Mistaken identity
- That there is not enough evidence presented by the prosecution to convict the defendant beyond a shadow of a doubt
- That no crime actually took place because the defendant:
- Had permission from the owner of the building to enter
- Never actually entered the building
- Did not have the intent to steal property or commit a felony while inside the building
When to Hire an Attorney
If you’ve been charged with burglary, waste no time in contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney who can adequately advocate for your rights. At Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense, we have the skills and resources to help you defend against criminal charges. Our attorneys are dedicated to giving your case the time and attention needed to be successful.
We understand that facing criminal charges is difficult and overwhelming. In fact, we will be there to help you each step of the way. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your specific needs by calling the office at 954-400-5000.