The accused, a Miami man, allegedly played a significant role in a $2 million high-end burglary
ring. Florida prosecutors said that the accused and his co-defendants targeted expensive homes. The group allegedly took more than $2 million in stolen jewels. The property was later sold off to pawn shops.
The accused will also serve five years probation
and will have to pay more than $10,000 in investigative costs.
Alleged members of this burglary ring lived in Miami, Hallandale Beach, and Miami Lakes.
The members of this alleged burglary ring could be charged with an assortment of serious felony charges. They could be charged with organized scheme to defraud
, given the fact that the evidence suggests that their actions were organized with the intent to defraud, or steal, from others.
Burglary of a residence (dwelling) is always a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. It doesn't matter if the dwelling is occupied or unoccupied. However, if the accused is armed or arms him or herself during the burglary, the charge becomes armed burglary
and is punishable by life.
Burglary is a very serious crime. Prosecutors routinely seek prison time, even on first-time offenders. In fact, under Florida's sentencing guidelines, the "bottom of the guidelines" for somebody charged with burglary (assuming that they have no prior criminal record) is 21 months in state prison.
I handle burglary cases as part of my criminal defense
practice. My practice area is Miami-Dade County and Broward County. I am a former Miami-Dade prosecutor
who has handled hundreds of burglary cases, even taking a few to jury trial.
I now dedicate my professional life to helping those who are facing criminal charges. The criminal justice system can be a scary place for somebody who does not fully understand the process. It is highly recommended that you retain a qualified criminal defense attorney when facing any criminal charges.
If you or somebody you know has been arrested for burglary, call me
to discuss the case.