What Is Burglary?
Burglary is a legal term which is defined as unauthorized entry into a building or occupied structure with the intent to commit a crime inside. For a successful conviction, each of these elements must be present. It is important to understand the different situations which can result in a burglary accusation.
An individual can be charged with burglary if they:
- Enter a building or habitation without the consent of the owner with criminal intent
- Remain hidden in a building or habitation without consent and with criminal intent
- Enter a habitation or building without consent and commit or attempt to commit a felony, theft, or assault in the building
Unauthorized entry refers to a range of actions, including physical force, threats, blackmail, or fraud. Even sticking your hand through a window can constitute unlawful entry and result in a burglary charge if you do so with the intent to commit a crime. If you enter a building with the intent to commit a crime and do not do so, you can still be charged with burglary. Because this term can apply to many different situations, it is important to hire a criminal defense attorney before speaking to police or investigators.
Penalties for Burglary Charges
The severity of punishment for burglary depends on the type of offense committed. In cases involving a building or habitation, penalties are broken down into three categories.
- A burglary occurred in a building which was not a habitation: This action is a state jail felony and can result in a $10,000 fine and a maximum sentence of up to 180 days in jail.
- A burglary was perpetrated in a habitation: This offense is a second-degree felony and may result in up to $10,000 in fines and up to 20 years in a state prison.
- The burglary occurred in a habitation and the intent was to commit a felony other than theft: This crime is considered a first-degree felony and carries a maximum punishment of up to 99 years or life in prison.
Burglary of a vehicle is generally considered a class A misdemeanor. However, previous convictions can increase the penalties of this type of crime to a state jail felony.
How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
If you are facing burglary charges, you need someone who can stand up for your rights and defend you in court. Burglary carries significant penalties and a conviction can dramatically change the course of your life.
Mr. Trumpler is a dedicated defense attorney who will treat you with respect.
Attorney Jason Trumpler has a long history of successfully defending Texans accused of crimes. He is a dedicated defense attorney who will treat you with respect and handle your case with great precision and focus.
Ensure Your Defense in Court
Do not leave your burglary case up to chance. Without proper representation, you may find yourself facing life in prison. Contact our office online or call (512) 457-5200 to schedule a consultation with Mr. Trumpler today.