When one enters into a structure, conveyance, or dwelling without the permission of the owners, occupants, or residents for the purpose of committing any crime, they may be charged with the criminal offense of burglary.
To be charged with burglary, it is not required that the alleged offender physically performs a breaking and entering; the accused may simply trespass through an open door.
Burglary offenses are typically committed when there are no potential victims or eye-witnesses present in the structure. The difference between being charged with criminal trespass or burglary is that in a burglary, evidence must exist that:
A crime was committed during the course of the burglary; or
There is evidence that there was intent to commit a crime at the time of the burglary.
Law Enforcement and prosecutors will aggressively seek out any evidence which supports a burglary charge, and therefore it is extremely important to protect your legal rights by obtaining the advise and representation of experience legal counsel as soon as possible.
As a law firm providing experienced burglary defense attorney & lawyer legal services in Lakeland, Tampa, Plant City, Winter Haven, Bartow, and surrounding areas, we are committed to protecting the legal rights of each and every criminal burglary defense client, while always striving to provide the highest standard of legal representation.
There are many crimes which may be associated with a criminal burglary offense, such as:
- Theft or Robbery
- Assault or Battery
- Any Form of Fraud
- Sexual Assault or Rape
- Destruction of Property or Vandalism
- Criminal Mischief
- or any other criminal offense
When people (victims) are present during the course of a burglary, and a gun is involved, the crime is subject to Florida’s 10, 20, life statute (775.087) which stipulates:
If convicted for pulling a gun during a crime: Mandatory minimum 10 years in prison;
If convicted for firing a gun during a crime: Mandatory minimum 20 years in prison;
If convicted of injuring or killing a victim by firing the gun during a crime: Mandatory minimum 25 years to life in prison is authorized;
Due to the subjective nature in many burglary cases as to the existence a crime being committed, or intent to commit a crime while in the structure or dwelling, seeking experienced legal counsel is extremely important in protecting rights and freedoms.
We will inform you of your legal rights, examine all evidence against you, as well as evidence that supports your claim of innocence, and inform you of your best possible defense strategy. We will diligently work on your behalf to get the charges dropped, reduced, obtain probation instead of jail or prison time, and when necessary, use every available legal resource while aggressively representing you at trial.
Depending upon the charges against you, your criminal history, and any special circumstances of the alleged burglary crime, a criminal conviction may result in:
- Hefty fines
- Potential jail or prison time
- Community service
- Lengthy terms of probation
- Potential forfeiture of property or assets
- Forfeiture of certain basic civil rights
If you or a loved on has been charged with a burglary crime, it is important to seek the legal advice and representation of an experienced Lakeland burglary defense attorney & lawyer. Gregg S. Kamp, P.A., today by calling (863) 646-3135 or by filling out our online contact form.
We provide professional burglary defense attorney & lawyer legal services in Lakeland, Tampa, Plant City, Winter Haven, Bartow, and surrounding areas. We urge you to be proactive in the defense of your legal rights, liberties, and freedoms.