When a person enters into a structure, conveyance, or dwelling without the permission of the owners or residents, to commit any crime, that person may be charged with burglary. In 2018, the State of Florida reported 71,801 burglary offenses. Unfortunately, many people fail to realize how serious these charges can be. Under Florida law, even the burglary of vehicle, legally known as a conveyance, is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and a stiff fine.
Terrezza Law understands how frightening it can be to be accused of a burglary crime. The penalties can be heavy, even if the crime involves the burglary of a vehicle, known legally as a conveyance. If you have been charged with burglary of a conveyance, you need an attorney that will provide personalized and skilled legal representation.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for burglary of a conveyance, it’s time to retain an experienced and skilled criminal defense lawyer. Pensacola burglary attorney John Terrezza at Terrezza Law has dedicated years of his career to studying criminal law and will work hard to fight against any criminal charges pending against you.
You do not have to face the court system alone. With an office located in Pensacola, Florida, let John Terrezza put his experience to work for you. Call (850) 764-5291 right now to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Terrezza Law also represents individuals from Navarre, Pensacola Beach, Gulf Breeze, Milton, and surrounding communities in the greater Pensacola area.
Florida Statutes § 810.02(4)(b) makes it a third-degree felony to commit a burglary by entering or remaining in a conveyance if there is not another person in the conveyance at the time the offender enters or remains there.
To be convicted of a burglary of a conveyance the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant entered a conveyance owned by another and at the time of entering the defendant had the intent to commit a crime other than burglary or trespass in that conveyance. Florida Statute § 810.011(3) defines "conveyance" as any motor vehicle, ship, vessel, railroad vehicle or car, trailer, aircraft, or sleeping car.
Burglary of conveyance is a punished harshly under Florida’s statutes. The crime is classified as a third-degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The offense is also ranked as a Level 4 offense under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code. The Criminal Punishment Code (CPC) determines the minimum allowable sentence for all felony crimes unless the sentencing judge finds a valid reason for a downward departure.
After closely reviewing the criminal charges against a person, a skilled criminal defense attorney can help you understand the defenses available. One of the most common defenses an attorney can use against burglary charges is lack of intent. Because burglary involves the specific intent to commit a crime once after entering, a defense can be built around the fact the defendant entered the dwelling for non-criminal reasons such as finding a place to sleep. Another possible defense that a criminal defense attorney can use against burglary charges is that the defendant was invited into the conveyance by the owner.
Florida Statutes: Burglary – Visit the official website for the Florida Statutes which provides information on criminal offenses and their penalties.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement – Visit the official website for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The site provides a summary of burglary offenses in 2018.
If you have been accused of any kind of burglary offense, you should retain an experienced Pensacola burglary defense lawyer as soon as possible. At Terrezza Law, attorney John Terrezza has experience defending clients against a wide range of property crimes. He will work diligently to find strong defense strategies for your case.
Terrezza Law takes cases throughout Escambia County and Santa Rosa County. Terrezza also takes federal criminal cases and is admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. Call attorney John Terrezza today at (850) 764-5291 to obtain a free, confidential consultation. He is prepared to discuss your case.