Tampa Burglary Criminal Defense Attorney
Burglary in Florida is defined as a forcible entry into a secured dwelling or structure or “conveyance” with an attempt to commit a crime. Usually, this is theft, but it can include other crimes. There are a variety of defenses that our firm can consider, but first you must consult with us so we can look at your charges and get the specifics on your case. If you’ve been charged with burglary the degree of felony you are charged with will determine the sentence.
Many times, other charges will accompany the burglary charge which can elevate the degree of the crime. Additionally, the lack of certain aspects can get your sentenced reduced to a lesser crime. At any rate, you’ll need a Tampa Bay Burglary Lawyer to represent you. Call for a consult with Joe Uccello or Kelly McCabe if you need a criminal Tampa, St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney. We represent clients who have been arrested and charged with burglary in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, Palm Harbor, Sarasota, Bradenton and in Pasco County in Land O’ Lakes and New Port Richey, Florida.
Degree of Felony and Sentencing Possibilities
Burglary – First, Second and Third Degree Felonies in Florida
First-degree burglary: This is the most serious burglary charge. This charge can land you with a sentence of up to life in prison, particularly if you committed assault or battery or you were carrying a weapon. [Fla. Stat §§ 810.02 (2), 775.082 – 84]
Second-degree burglary: Penalties can involve up to 15 years in prison with fines of up to $10,000. [Fla. Stat §§ 810.02 (3), 775.082 – 84]
Third-degree burglary: If no serious property damage took place and there were no victims or people present during the burglary, a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of $5000 can be imposed. [Fla. Stat. §§ 810.02 (4), 75.082 – 84]
Sentencing if Convicted of Burglary in Florida
- If you are convicted of burglary in Tampa Bay, Florida, the punishment for a felony burglary will depend on the degree and other aspects or mitigating factors when the crime was committed such as:
- Caused over $1,000 in damages to the premises during the crime
- If you used a motor vehicle to damage the dwelling or structure during the commission of the crime
- If you have any previous felony convictions
- If you qualify as a career criminal as defined by Florida state or by federal law
- Additional underlying felonies that occurred during the burglary as defined in the Statutes
Joe Uccello and Kelly McCabe – Ready to Defend You and Your Rights
When you’re charged with any crime it’s important to know your rights and contact a criminal defense lawyer in Tampa Bay. You should not speak to investigators without an attorney present if you have been charged with, or if you’re being investigated for a burglary. Call today for a consultation so we can review your case and present some possible defense strategies.