Austin Burglary Lawyer

Helping You Avoid Serious Jail Time

Unlawfully entering someone’s property with the intent to commit a crime is considered burglary. This type of offense can involve any type of criminal intent, including an intention to commit theft, assault, or a felony. In Texas, burglary can result in charges up to life imprisonment.

If you or a loved one is suspected or accused of burglary, you need an aggressive property crime lawyer to defend you. Austin burglary attorney Jason Trumpler has spent over 15 years representing Texans accused of crimes. He has completed more than 115 jury trials and handled thousands more.

For skilled legal representation, contact our firm online or call (512) 359-3300 to schedule a consultation with Attorney Jason Trumpler today.

What Is Considered Burglary?

To be convicted of burglary, a few essential elements must be present at the time of the incident.

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 an Austin 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.

These three possibilities are as follows:

  • 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 for 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.

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.

Contact our office online or call (512) 359-3300 to schedule a consultation with the Law Offices of Jason Trumpler today.

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