West Palm Beach Burglary Lawyer
According to the state of Florida, burglary is a property crime and is defined as "entering" or remaining in a dwelling, a structure, or a conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein, unless the premises are at the time open to the public or the defendant is licensed or invited to enter or remain. According to the law, even placing a body part, like a hand or foot across the threshold of a building or conveyance (a car, boat or any vehicle) is considered "entry." This includes the curtilage, which is the fenced-in yard or the grounds surrounding a building.
The state must also prove that the person entering shows intent of committing a crime therein. Interpretation of whether or not intent exists is subjective. Such ambiguity can help create situations in which one could falsely be accused of burglary. Our West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers have the experience and resources to help you with this serious offense that carries significant penalties. A burglary arrest and conviction seriously could affect a person's life in many ways. A burglary of a dwelling charge is a 2nd degree felony and a conviction carries a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a sentence of up to 15 years in prison for each count.
Accused? Call (561) 349-4856 to request a free initial consultation at Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A.