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Burglary is an offense where you have entered a conveyance, place, structure, dwelling with the intent to commit a crime therein. The difference between burglary and trespassing is that entering a conveyance, place, structure, dwelling without permission and without the intent of committing a crime therein is typically a misdemeanor crime. Burglary is a felony criminal offense.
If you entered a conveyance, place, structure, dwelling with the intent of committing an assault or battery, theft, or some other type of crime like criminal mischief, then you can be charged with burglary.
The level of burglary offense varies on depending upon what type of alleged crime was committed therein, and whether the conveyance, place, structure, dwelling is occupied or unoccupied at the time of the alleged burglary.
On the more serious of burglary crimes, if you are charged with assault or battery, you may be charged with a “life” offense. If you are charged with armed burglary, that could also be a “life” offense.
If you are charged with the burglary of a dwelling, that is a felony of the second degree with a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. If you are charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, that is a felony of the third degree, with a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison.
All these criminal offenses are very serious, and in my representation, I take the investigation into these events very seriously, and I can help you. One of the most important offenses is if you had permission to be in the conveyance, place, structure, dwelling. Permission negates the felony offense. That is something that I will be looking at in my representation of you.
When an individual is charged with Criminal Burglary or any other criminal offense, it is important to be well informed regarding the charges against you, your legal rights, options which may be available to you, viable defense strategies, and if the case goes to trial, aggressive defense of your legal rights and freedoms.
Protect your rights by seeking the legal advice and representation of an experienced Lakeland Burglary Criminal Defense Lawyer.
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