Burglary Charges in South Florida
Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach
You can be accused of burglary just by entering a home or some other premise without permission. There does not even have to be any indication of the individual breaking into the structure to be charged with this offense. Even when someone enters through an unlocked door or window, they can be charged with burglary. Someone can also be charged for entering the premises even when there is no answer at a door, and the door is unlocked.
Any of these scenarios can lead to an arrest for burglary. There may have been no intention of committing a crime, yet Florida criminal law states that you could be charged with burglary. When you face unfair charges, you need to be aware of the magnitude of what you could be facing, and you cannot face this time alone. You need skilled legal defense on which you can rely. If you have been charged with burglary, please do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Eric Matheny, P.A.
Penalties You Could Face for Burglary Charges
Burglary involves entering or staying on premises where you were not invited, with the intent of committing a theft or some other criminal offense. In South Florida, a burglary will always be considered a felony offense. The penalties upon conviction of this type of charge include fines, imprisonment, forfeiture of property, restitution to the victim, and a criminal record that could impact the rest of your life. Aggravated felony charges could also come your way if you are accused of committing assault or battery, on top of the burglary charges. Penalties can increase if a burglary is committed when people are present, or if the accused
used a weapon.
Depending on the circumstances of the crime, there are various degrees of felony burglaries, ranging from third degree to first degree. A third degree felony can entail up to $5,000 in fines and up to 5 years in prison. You could be sentenced for up to 15 years in prison for a second degree felony. The maximum prison sentence with a first degree felony is usually 30 years. You could also be fined up to $10,000 for a first or second degree felony conviction.
What Life as a Convicted Felon Could Mean
The serious consequences of a felony conviction can linger past any imprisonment or fines. Even after serving a sentence, being a convicted felon could still haunt you. This is the sort of background that can cause an employer to deny you a job, a banker to refuse to lend to you, or a landlord to refuse your application. If you are in the process of seeking an immigrant visa, a felony is likely to cancel any such proceedings. Something as simple as stepping inside a door at the wrong time could land you with a criminal record, which could keep you from finding a good place to live, keeping or finding a job, and getting a loan. Numerous other opportunities will be closed off from your reach if you are convicted. You cannot afford to live with such undeserved consequences. These are harsh penalties which require immediate action to prevent. When you retain Attorney Eric Matheny, you can expect personal attention to detail and an aggressive defense of your charges.
Find Tenacious Defense with Our South Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you are confronted with these sobering possibilities, you need to find an experienced criminal defense attorney who has the skill and passion to successfully argue your case. Attorney Eric Matheny has worked for years on both sides of the bench in all kinds of criminal trials. As a former prosecutor, he has extensive trial experience. He is well-versed on the prosecution's techniques when pursuing a conviction and this gives him an edge when he is working on a client's defense. Not only can he build a strong defense, but he can anticipate the prosecution's response throughout the duration of the case.
If you are facing burglary charges, it is very important to consult with our South Florida criminal defense attorney, who may be able to protect your rights. Our entire legal staff can strive to provide you with the legal representation you need for a successful outcome of your case. If you reside in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, or Palm Beach County, our criminal defense attorney may be able to provide you with the effective and dedicated legal counsel that you need. You have every reason to act now, and no reason to delay. Do not wait to
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