Burglary

Under Florida Statute Section 810.02, , a burglary occurs when someone enters a dwelling, structure, or conveyance that is owned by or in the possession of another with the intent to commit a crime within the dwelling, structure, or conveyance. 

Burglary is a felony and is a very serious charge that could involve mandatory imprisonment if you are convicted. Florida's sentencing guidelines and criminal punishment code assess a high point value to burglary charges which may require a court to sentence you to mandatory incarceration in state prison. You need an experienced criminal lawyer who understands the seriousness of these charges and knows how to defend them. Contact Lance P. Richard, P.A. for advice on your burglary charge. 

There are several levels of burglary crimes in Florida. Burglary can be a first, second, or third degree felony depending on the facts involved in your case. If in the course of committing a burglary, you assaulted or battered someone or you were armed with a gun, the burglary may be considered a first degree felony punishable by life in prison. If you commit a burglary dwelling, which is usually a house or building, the burglary is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Burglary of a conveyance, which is usually a vehicle or boat, or burglary of a structure, such as a garage or shed, may be considered a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison 

We are experienced in handling many types of burglary related cases, including:

  • Armed Burglary
  • Burglary with a Battery
  • Burglary of a Dwelling
  • Burglary of a Structure
  • Burglary of a Conveyance
  • Carjacking
  • Possession of Burglary Tools
  • Trespass upon Land
  • Trespass upon a Structure
  • Trespass upon a Dwelling

Burglary is a specific intent crime in Florida. This means that law enforcement and the prosecutor may have to prove there was an "intent" to commit an offense upon entering the dwelling, structure, or conveyance. You need a criminal defense attorney that is experienced with specific intent crimes and is knowledgeable of the defenses that are available for burglary related charges. 

Contact Lance P. Richard, P.A. if you or a loved one was arrested or is under investigation for burglary. Lance P. Richard, P.A. has successfully defended serious burglary charges and can provide you with a free evaluation of your case. 

Lance P. Richard, P.A. handles Burglary in Martin County, Florida; St. Lucie County, Florida; Palm Beach County, Florida; Indian River County, Florida; Okeechobee County Florida, and the following cities: Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth, Wellington, Boynton Beach, Port. St. Lucie, Sewall's Point, Ft. Pierce, Vero Beach, and Okeechobee.