I have discussed the crime of
burglary on this blog many times before, but today I want to focus on the crime
of armed burglary. In the State of Florida, and particularly in Miami
and Broward, armed burglary is taken seriously, and is considered to be
a violent crime. Even if no actual violence occurs. The worst part about
armed burglary is that if charged, you are facing a life sentence, as
well as no bond. Your
criminal defense attorney must schedule what is known as an Arthur Hearing in order for you to even
be considered for bond. This typically occurs 30-45 days after your arrest.
Armed burglary is defined by Florida law as follows:
1) Defendant entered a structure (building), conveyance (car) owned by
or in the possession of (alleged victim).
2) At the time of entering the structure or conveyance, Defendant had the
intent to commit a crime (theft
, assault, criminal mischief, battery, etc...) in that structure or conveyance.
3) At the time of the burglary, Defendant was armed or armed him or herself
during the course of the burglary with explosives or a dangerous weapon.
Now, dangerous weapon usually means firearm. If the dangerous weapon alleged
is a firearm, the accused will qualify for sentencing under Florida's
law. That means that the accused will face a mandatory 10-year prison
sentence just for being in possession of a firearm during the course of
As you read, the statute also says that you can be found guilty of armed
burglary for arming yourself during the burglary. That means, if somebody
breaks into a home, a building, or a car, and finds a gun and then they
steal that gun, they technically "arm" themselves during the
burglary and can now be charged with armed burglary.
By defending clients in Miami-Dade and Broward County, I know the seriousness
of armed burglary charges. I know the stress an accused person will be
under as they wait in
jail without a bond
. A defense attorney will quickly request an Arthur Hearing. At this hearing,
the State of Florida must prove the case in a mini-trial before the judge.
If their case is lacking, the judge may find insufficient evidence to
hold you without bond. Even if their case is strong, if you are a first-time
offender, or otherwise law abiding citizen with ties to the community
(school, work, family), the judge may grant you a bond anywhere, permitting
you to be released while your criminal attorney fights these charges.
Armed burglary is a serious crime, but it is defensible, just like any
other crime. If you are facing life in prison due to armed burglary charges,
or a friend or family member is in jail without bond on armed burglary charges,
call me today
. I represent clients charged with armed burglary in both Miami and Broward.
I will give you a consultation either over the phone, or in person, and
we can discuss the steps to take. If the issue of bond has not yet been
addressed, I will quickly request an Arthur Hearing to improve the chances
of your loved one being released on bond.