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Burglary - Burglary is defined as the unlawful entrance into a residence, a business, or a structure without expressed permission by the property owner with the intent of stealing property or committing a crime.

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Burglary of a structure is split into two categories; Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure. This counts as a third-degree felony and can carry a sentence of 5 years in prison.and Burglary of an Occupied Structure. This is considered a more serious charge, and this second-degree felony can get you a term of 15 years in prison.

What is Burglary of a Structure?

In Florida, burglary occurs where a person enters or remains in a dwelling, a structure, or a conveyance with the intent to commit a criminal offense therein. It does not have to be a permanent structure, and this definition can include tool and utility sheds, standing buildings, and storage units and the surrounding property. You can be charged with burglary even if it cannot be proven that something was stolen during the event. Burglary is a felony offense and carries severe penalties that will typically include prison and/or probation.

What Are the Penalties of Burglary ?

In Florida, it depends on the facts and circumstances of the offense. The type of building or structure, the manner in which the offense is committed, and the use of a weapon are some of the most important factors in determining the available sentence.

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Should I Hire a Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Florida’s penalties for Burglary are severe and our Tampa criminal defense lawyers examine carefully every element of your case to provide you with the best possible defense at this difficult point in your life. Furthermore, defending Burglary charges requires the understanding of complex defenses which are unique to these types of cases. Contacting a criminal defense attorney early on ensures you’re not missing out from defenses that may not be available later on down the line.

All cases vary and the defenses for each are unique to thier situation. it would be near impossible to list all the potential defenses to Burglary, however below are some of the more popular defenses:

  • Consent;
  • Lack of proof as to the accused’s identity;
  • Innocent / Non-Criminal Intent;
  • Mistaken Identity;
  • Implied Invitation of a Public Place;
  • Legitimate Presence;
  • Mistake of Fact as to Whereabouts;
  • Mistaken Belief as to Permission from the Owner or Occupant”.
  • Inadequate withdrawal of permission to be present.
  • Implied Permission;

Finding a Burglary Attorney In Tampa

If you have been charged with Burglary and you're in need of legal help, contact a criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of Mahmud Yennes. We will work hard on your case!

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