Burglary of a Vehicle in Texas

Burglary of a vehicle in the state of Texas is a serious crime that may carry stiff penalties. According to the Texas penal code, a “vehicle” is defined as, “any device in, on, or by which any person or property is or may be propelled, moved, or drawn in the normal course of commerce or transportation.” Technically, a vehicle is also categorized as a “habitation,” which means it is a private dwelling not open to the general public. Therefore, someone who enters your vehicle (like a car) with the intent of committing a felony or theft is committing an act of burglary.

If you have been accused of the act of burglary in the state of Texas, it is important that you hire a strong criminal defense attorney who will fight for your freedom. Contact the Law Offices of Jason Trumpler today at (512) 359-3300.

Potential Consequences

If someone enters either your vehicle or a trailer being towed by your vehicle with the intent of committing a felony or a theft, they may be accused of the crime of burglary. The Texas penal code defines “enter” to apply to any part of the body, or a tool that the person is holding and using. For example, if someone were using a tool to try and unlock your car door through a cracked window, they could be accused of the act of burglary even though their body was not in the car.

Most theft is punished according to the value of the goods or services taken. A judge handling a burglary case, however, will look at the defendant’s criminal record. Burglary of a vehicle is punished according to how many times the defendant has been convicted of previous thefts:

• First time theft: Class A misdemeanor with no more than 1-year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

• Second time theft: Class A misdemeanor with a minimum of 6-months in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.

• Third or more time theft: State jail felony with 6-months – 2-years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Additionally, a theft charge can burden your employment and housing opportunities. A felony conviction will disqualify you from most housing rentals, affect your right to vote, and bar you from owning a gun.

Contact Us

Jason Trumpler is an experienced criminal defense attorney who will present your side of the case to the court. He has over 15-years experience defending individuals accused of crimes, and has taken approximately a hundred case to jury trial. He currently practices in Central Texas in counties including Travis, Williamson, Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop, Burnet, Lee, and Bell. Contact us today at (512) 359-3300.

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