Boca Raton Criminal Lawyer
When you’re convicted of a felony in the State of Florida, you lose some of your Constitutional Rights, such as the right to vote in elections and the right to bear arms. For the rest of your life, any time you move to a new community, you will have to notify law enforcement of your presence. The consequences of a Florida burglary conviction can limit both your civic and personal freedoms for several years.
Serious charges call for an energetic, effective defense that can minimize or eliminate damage to your life and reputation. To speak to an experienced burglary defense attorney, call Boca Raton attorney Charles Mead today.
Burglary in the State of Florida
When it comes to convicting you of burglary, prosecutors must:
- Prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you entered a house or building owned by a company or person other than yourself.
- Prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were in the structure unwelcome and uninvited.
- Prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you entered the property will the intention of committing a criminal act.
With two decades of legal experience in criminal justice, defense attorney Charles Mead has the skill, knowledge, and tenacity to build an effective defense for people charged with felony burglary in the State of Florida.
Most people equate the term “burglary” with breaking and entering. However, burglary charges may be pressed against you even if you didn’t physically crack the locks on a house, store, business, office, or other structure. If the window was open or the door was unlocked and you trespassed with the intention of breaking a law, it’s still burglary in the State of Florida. Unlike armed robbery, this crime is typically committed when no one else is on the property.
The court examines several things in burglary cases, such as security tapes, eyewitness testimony (if any), and whether the defendant has any burglary priors.
There are exceptions that commonly excuse trespassers from burglary charges. Most people don’t face serious charges if they enter someone’s property with intent to:
- rescue an animal
- rescue a person
- carry out a lawful search or arrest
- prevent or extinguish a fire
- seek shelter from eminent danger, such as a violent storm
- evict a non-paying tenant after following all proper legal protocols
The Consequences of a Burglary Conviction
When it comes to burglary, sentencing varies depending on the severity of the charges, and on the circumstances surrounding the crime. Often burglary is charged as a first-degree felony, which means prison time if you’re convicted. The sentence becomes harsher for aggravated burglary (indicating the presence of a weapon), or if the burglary caused victims a large amount of losses and property damage.
Please call defense attorney Charles Mead today for a free initial consultation of your situation at (561) 362-6677 in Boca Raton, (561) 366-9565 in West Palm Beach, or (954) 493-7474 in Fort Lauderdale. Mr. Mead handles each case on a one-on-one basis.
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