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.
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 M. Matheny, P.A.
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 Florida, 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 can also arise 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.
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. You cannot afford to live with such 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.
If you are facing burglary charges, it is very important to consult with a criminal defense lawyer who may be able to protect your rights. Our entire legal staff can 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.
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