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Current Florida Burglary Statutes define Burglary as entering a dwelling, a structure, or a conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein, unless the premises are at the time open to the public or the defendant is licensed or invited to enter, or
- Surreptitiously, with the intent to commit an offense therein;
- After permission to remain therein has been withdrawn, with the intent to commit an offense therein; or
- To commit or attempt to commit a forcible felony.
In order to be convicted of Burglary, the prosecution must show beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused either committed a crime or intended to commit a crime after entering the dwelling, a structure, or a conveyance.
Criminal Degrees of Burglary includes:
- Burglary in the Second Degree: if in the course of committing the offense, the offender does not make an assault or battery and is not and does not become armed with a dangerous weapon or explosive, and the offender enters or remains in a dwelling, a structure, or a conveyance. Burglary in the Second Degree is punishable by up to a $10,000 fine, fifteen (15) years prison and/or probation.
- Burglary in the First Degree: Burglary is a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life imprisonment if, in the course of committing the offense, the offender makes an assault or battery upon any person, or is or becomes armed within the dwelling, structure, or conveyance, with explosives or a dangerous weapon. Burglary in the First Degree is punishable by up to a prison term not to exceed life imprisonment.
There are various other conditions or circumstances of Burglary crimes that will determine what degree of Burglary and individual may be charged with.
When an individual is charged with Criminal Burglary or any other criminal offense, it is important to be well informed regarding the charges against you, your legal rights, options which may be available to you, viable defense strategies, and if the case goes to trial, aggressive defense of your legal rights and freedoms.
Protect your rights by seeking the legal advice and representation of an experienced Lakeland Burglary Criminal Defense Lawyer.
Contact Lee A. Cohen at 863.646.7636 for your Burglary Criminal Defense Attorney legal needs in the Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, and Central Florida Area.