Burglary of an unoccupied conveyance is a third-degree felony in the State of Florida punishable by a maximum of 5 years in state prison.
In plain terms, a burglary of an unoccupied conveyance is a car burglary; somebody breaks into a vehicle with the intent of committing a crime inside of the vehicle, usually theft.
Prosecutors can prove this charge a number of ways. The most common way that this charge is proven is through eyewitness testimony. Somebody will report seeing somebody else breaking into a car.
While most car burglary scenes are not processed for fingerprints and DNA, it is possible that physical evidence could be used against the accused.
Video surveillance is fast becoming a powerful law enforcement tool. With many parking garages, private homes, and streets now under video surveillance, it is likely that a car burglary may be caught on camera. The video will be used as evidence against the accused.
As is the case with many arrests, a confession may be elicited by a detective. A confession is a powerful piece of evidence that will undoubtedly make the state's case much stronger. It is important to remember that if you are placed under arrest or even detained on suspicion of criminal activity, do not say a word to the police! You have a right to remain silent that cannot be used against you.
Burglary of an unoccupied conveyance carries a maximum of five years in prison, but penalties can range from Pretrial Intervention (PTI) for first-time offenders up to prison time for repeat offenders and those with career criminal designations.
Eric Matheny is a Broward burglary lawyer and Miami burglary lawyer.