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Burglary Defense Attorney in Florida

Protecting Your Rights In Burglary Cases

Many people liken burglary to robbery or other theft crimes when, in reality, the offense of burglary under Florida law encompasses many situations that may not involve any type of stealing. Additionally, when you think of burglary, you may think of “breaking and entering,” though you do not actually have to “break into” a building to end up facing burglary charges. Burglary cases in Florida may be much more complicated than most people imagine and may carry serious consequences. For this reason, you should always contact Florida burglary defense attorney Stephen G. Cobb as soon as possible if you have been arrested or charged.

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The Elements Of Burglary

In order to convict you of burglary, a prosecutor must prove that:

  • You entered a dwelling, a structure, or a conveyance;
  • You had the intention of committing a crime within the premises; and
  • You did not have license or invitation to enter.

If you did originally have license or invitation to enter the dwelling, structure, or conveyance, burglary charges may still apply if the following occurred:

  • You secretly remained on the premises with the intention of committing a crime; or
  • You remained after the license or invitation had been withdrawn with the intention of committing a crime.

Note that the crime in question does not have to involve stealing or otherwise taking property from the premises. Instead, you may face burglary charges if you were allegedly wrongfully in the building to commit a battery, sexual assault, or another criminal offense against the laws of Florida. You may also face criminal charges if you are suspected to possess burglary tools or other implements with which you intended to enter a building.

Possible Consequences Of Burglary Convictions

Burglary charges are much more serious than many people may believe. Burglary may be charged as different ways depending on the circumstances of the offense, including:

First-Degree Felony

  • Assault or battery is committed on another person on the premises
  • Involves a firearm, dangerous weapon, or motor vehicle as a weapon
  • Causes over $1,000 worth of damage to the property
  • Committed in a state of emergency

Second-Degree Felony

  • Enters a structure or conveyance and another person is present on the premises
  • Enters a person’s home (whether or not the person is present)

Third-Degree Felony

  • Enters a structure or conveyance and no person is present on the premises
  • Possesses tools intended to commit a burglary

Depending on the situation, you may face anywhere from five (5) to 30 years in state prison if you are convicted of burglary. Burglary is a serious charge with potentially severe consequences, so you should always have a highly skilled legal defense team handling your case. If you have been arrested for or charged with burglary under any type of circumstances, do not hesitate to contact the Cobb Criminal Defense Law Firm in Florida today.

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“"This is actually one of the best law firms I've had the pleasure of dealing with. They stick with you throughout the entire process, walking you through every step and they know the law! They were able to help me get out of a situation that had occurred because of a technicality and was very knowledgeable in the process. I would recommend them to anyone."”

James S.

“"Such a great service to go through when dealing with any legal matter! Mr. Cobb is very knowledgable and will take the time to understand and communicate with you in a timely manner."”

Dreeana A.

“"Everything was great and smooth working with Mr. Cobb. He was fast and efficient and answered any questions I had."”

Joshua T.

“"I would recommend Attorney Cobb to others. I would describe him as an honest and straightforward lawyer. All my concerns were addressed."”

Crystal H.

“"He was excellent, he did everything without me having to do much especially not living close. I hired him and told him everything and he did it all and it was a great experience. The legal assistant that works there was also amazing."”

Joseph S.

“"It was as clean of a process as it could have been for me. He handled everything for me because I live out of state and made it so simple and easy. He was great and thorough and I hardly had to do anything."”

William S.

“"If you can hire Stephen as your attorney then definitely do that. He talked openly and gave me assurance and even his legal assistant that works there is amazing. I never had any problems or trouble with them."”

Lonnie M.

“"I have used other lawyers in the past. I was facing years but left court with probation and a suspended sentence. Thank you and god bless you."”

Jason

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