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On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2015 | Burglary

Burglary charges can range from breaking into a vehicle which is a burglary of a conveyance, to breaking into a home which is a Dwelling, if there is a burglary of a conveyance or dwelling with an assault or battery then it turns into a life felony.

If a firearm is taken into a burglary or stolen from a home while in the commission of the crime you will be charges as if you committed the charge armed which could carry in Central Florida a 10 year minimum mandatory prison sentence.

If you are with someone who breaks into a home or a car and the police believe you had reason to know what they were doing or you were the lookout of getaway driver you can be charged with the same crimes as the person who actually commits the crimes.

Also the problem is these charges many times score mandatory prison and a felony conviction on your record for life. It is important to see if you have any legal defenses if you are arrested for a case like this.

The state has to prove that you entered the premise with the intent to commit a felony which means if you simply open a car door and nothing more it is a trespass which is a misdemeanor. That is just one example of how police can overcharge you for a more serious crime even if the statute does not fit it.

If you get arrested contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Central Florida right away.