Burglary, also known as breaking and entering or housebreaking, is a crime that may be prosecuted as a felony or misdemeanor. In short, burglary is gaining unlawful entry through force or fraud with the intent to commit a felony crime. In order for a person to be successfully charged with burglary, law enforcement must prove the following:
- Unlawful entry was gained through force or fraud
- The person actually entered premises illegally (trespassing)
- The person stayed within the premises for a period of time
- The person intended to commit a felony crime, such theft or a violent offense
Penalties of Burglary Charges in Houston
If a person is convicted of burglary in Houston the consequences can vary from minor to severe depending on whether the charge is a misdemeanor or felony. The only time burglary is a misdemeanor is if the premises is a vehicle. Severe penalties include serving a sentence in jail and paying fines or restitution, whereas minor penalties may only include community service or probation. An experienced burglary defense lawyer can reduce the penalties of a burglary charge or have the case completely dismissed.
Penalties for Felony Burglary:
- Up to 2 years in jail (non-residence burglary)
- Up to 20 years in prison (residence burglary)
- Up to a $10,000 fine
- Restitution for items stolen
Penalties for Misdemeanor Burglary:
- Up to 1 year in jail
- Community service
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Experience in Burglary Charges
Regardless of the severity of the penalties, a conviction could greatly affect your employment, where you may live or opportunities for higher education. It is essential that the burglary charges and consequences of those charges are understood. The professionals as Madrid Law can explain all of your options and help you achieve the most favorable outcome.
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