People can be charged with burglary if they unlawfully enter any premises with the intent to commit a crime therein. Alleged victims do not have to be present in order for a person to be charged with this criminal offense.
All burglary crimes are felony offenses in Florida. Any person facing these charges needs to understand that a prosecutor’s supposed proof of an alleged offender’s criminal intent in these cases often relies on circumstantial evidence, and a skilled defense attorney may be able to introduce other factors that create a reasonable doubt for juries.
Were you recently arrested for the alleged commission of a burglary offense in Florida? It will be in your best interest to immediately contact Terrezza Law for help determining the most efficient ways to get the charges reduced or dismissed.
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Florida Statute § 810.02 defines burglary as either:
The types of premises that burglaries may occur on have different meanings. Under Florida Statute § 810.011, the three possible venues include:
Burglary is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000 if an alleged offender does not make an assault or battery, is not and does not become armed with a dangerous weapon or explosive, and enters or remains in:
A burglary offense is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000 if an alleged offender does not make an assault or battery, is not and does not become armed with a dangerous weapon or explosive, and enters or remains in:
Burglary is classified as a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000 if, in the course of committing the offense, an alleged offender either:
It is important to note that burglary offenses can be upgraded one level (third-degree felonies become second-degree felonies and second-degree felonies become first-degree felonies) if alleged offenders commit these crimes within counties that are subject to a state of emergency declared by the Governor and the perpetration of a burglary is facilitated by conditions arising from the emergency.
Auto Burglary Prevention | Pensacola Police Department — The 2015 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement showed that there are more than 1,000 burglaries a year in Escambia County. On this website, you can find tips from the Pensacola Police Department about ways to reduce your chances of becoming the victim of auto burglary.
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Florida Statute § 810.02 — View the full text of Florida’s burglary statute. You can learn more about the legal definitions of a forcible felony, emergency vehicle, and controlled substance offense. The statute also clarifies reclassification of offenses allegedly committed during a state of emergency.
A conviction for any kind of burglary crime in Florida is a felony offense that can have a lifetime of devastating consequences for an alleged offender. If you have been arrested for any kind of violent crime in Florida, you contact Terrezza Law as soon as possible.
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