Have you been charged with a burglary offense in South Florida? If so, your freedom is at stake. A burglary conviction may result in jail time or expensive fines. These types of convictions have long-lasting effects on a person and their reputation.
If you have been charged with burglary, it is essential to hire a notable North Miami Criminal Attorney like Evan A. Hoffman to represent you in your case.
In North Miami, it is crucial to hire an attorney that can best defend your needs and guide you through the legal process. This a charge not to take lightly and by hiring North Miami Criminal Attorney Evan A. Hoffman guarantees someone that will best defend you.
Evan A. Hoffman has more than 17 years of criminal trial experience. After working several years as a state prosecutor, he has acquired a thorough understanding of the prosecution’s strategies and patterns and can use them to your benefit.
If you have been arrested on burglary charges, act fast to avoid any further damage. Call The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney.
Burglary Defined Under Florida Law
In Florida, burglary is defined as entering a dwelling or structure with the intent to commit an offense, unless the premises are open to the public or the defendant is licensed or invited to enter or stay.
In addition, burglary is also defined as secretly or openly entering or remaining in a dwelling or structure with intent to commit or attempt an offense or forcible felony after permission to remain has been revoked, regardless of a licensed or invited entry.
Penalties for Burglary Convictions
Under Florida Law there are three (3) degrees of Burglary:
- Burglary in the First Degree
- Burglary in the Second Degree
- Burglary in the Third Degree
Burglary in the First Degree is that during the course of committing the burglary, the offender does any of the following:
- An assault or battery on any person;
- Is or becomes armed with explosives or dangerous weapons while in the dwelling;
- Enters a dwelling whether it is occupied or unoccupied using a vehicle other than as a getaway car to commit the offense; or
- Damages the dwelling over $1,000.
In Florida, burglary in the First Degree is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed life imprisonment.
Burglary in the Second Degre is when at the time the offender does not assault or batter and is not armed with a dangerous weapon or explosive, and enters or remains:
- In a dwelling and another person is in the dwelling;
- In a dwelling and there is not another person in the dwelling;
- In a structure and there is another person in the structure;
- In a conveyance and there is another person in the conveyance;
- Authorized emergency vehicle; or
- Structure or conveyance when the offense intended to commit was theft of a controlled substance.
Burglary in the Third Degree is when at the time the offender enters and remains:
- In a structure and there is not another person in the structure; or
- In a conveyance and there is not another person in the conveyance.
More Information on Burglary
Office for Victims of Crimes- This site provides resources for victims of crime in the state of Florida.
Victims of Crime- This national organization offers information on victim’s rights and support services.
If you have been charged with burglary and are looking for an attorney with years of experience, North Miami Criminal Defense Attorney Evan A. Hoffman of The Hoffman Firm is the best attorney for your legal defense. Please call us now at (305) 249-0090 for a free consultation. This firm also has offices in Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach.