Fort Lauderdale Burglary Lawyer
There are three types of crimes that are often confused – theft, burglary and robbery. Burglary and robbery are two serious criminal offenses that are related to theft but are considered violent crimes due to the manner in which they are committed. Robbery involves theft by force or threat.
Under Florida Statutes Section 810.02, “burglary” (also called breaking and entering) is defined as surreptitiously entering or remaining in a dwelling, structure or conveyance with the intention to commit an offense (other than trespass or burglary) inside
of the dwelling, structure or conveyance at a time when the defendant is not licensed or invited to enter or remain, and the area is not open to the public. Individuals could be convicted of a burglary crime for trespassing in or breaking into a building without lifting anything.
Robbery involves using force to take money or property from someone else. For the crime to be charged as robbery, force must be involved.
A burglary conviction can result in incarceration, significant fines, and a permanent criminal record. That’s why having an experienced Fort Lauderdale robbery defense attorney is crucial to successfully defend a first degree or second degree burglary charge. Leader & Leader are aware of the grave consequences a burglary or robbery conviction can have on your life and employment. Employers routinely conduct background checks of job applicants and are hesitant to hire anyone with a conviction for theft, robbery or burglary. For instance, if you are convicted of a theft offense, there is a mandatory requirement that you give the state of Florida a sample of your DNA to store in a database. This can be used against you in any future criminal charges!
Potential Consequences for Theft, Robbery & Burglary Convictions
Robbery & burglary theft-related offenses can range from a misdemeanor to a felony charge:
- Misdemeanor – Petit theft
- Felony – Grand theft
- Felony – Robbery
- Felony – Burglary
- Felony – Armed Burglary / Armed Robbery
Florida Burglary and Robbery Penalties
- First Degree Felony – is punishable by up to thirty (30) years in Florida State Prison if any of the following elements are proven:
- The defendant commits an assault or battery upon a person during a burglary;
- The defendant is armed with a weapon while committing the burglary;
- The defendant enters a building using a motor vehicle while committing the burglary or causes damage to the building in excess of $1,000.00.
- First Degree Burglary is also a Strike under Florida ‘s Three Strikes and You’re Out Law. What this means is that if you commit any other felony (including some minor drug offenses and felony petty theft) in the future, your sentence on the new case is doubled.
- Second Degree Burglary is punishable by up to fifteen (15) years in the Florida State Prison, if at the time of the commission of the burglary, the dwelling, structure of conveyance is occupied.
- Third Degree Felony – Burglary to a conveyance or burglary to an unoccupied structure is a third degree felony which is punishable by up to five (5) years in Florida State Prison.
Experienced and Aggressive Florida Burglary Attorneys
The State of Florida takes the crimes of robbery and burglary very seriously. In order to minimize the chance that you will be sentenced to time behind bars or excessive fines, it is important to seek out quality legal representation with an experienced criminal defense law firm such as Leader & Leader..
We are expert Florida robbery defense lawyers who will work tirelessly to achieve a “not guilty” verdict for you in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach & Monroe counties.