Burglary is different from theft or larceny. What defines burglary in Texas? Any of the following:
- Entering a private habitation or a building that was not open to the public with the intent of committing a felony, theft or assault
- Hiding in a habitation or building not open to the public with the intent to commit a felony, theft or assault
- Entering a habitation or building and committing or attempting to commit a felony, theft or assault
- Entering a vehicle or breaking into a coin-operated machine intending to commit a felony, theft or assault — a Class A misdemeanor as opposed to a felony charge for all other types of burglary
How Can We Defend You Against A Burglary Charge?
One immediately obvious defense to a burglary charge is proving that you did not intend to commit a felony, theft or assault, or at least casting doubt on such intent. Other possibilities include that you did not know you were entering a building not open to the public or a private home, or that law enforcement entrapment caused you to do so.
Texas law concerning burglary is extremely strict and far-reaching. Penalties for a felony conviction may include anywhere from 180 days in state jail and/or a fine of no more than $10,000 up to life in prison.
It is critical that your case is defended by an experienced criminal defense lawyer and that you say nothing to police but remain cooperative without your lawyer present.
Aggravated Burglary And Elevated Charges
If you carry a deadly weapon onto the premises of a building not open to the public or a private habitation, the penalty of a burglary conviction could be sentencing of two to 20 years in prison. If you have been convicted of theft, burglary or robbery twice or more in the past, the penalties you face will be elevated.
Call Scott M. Brown & Associates | Get Defense Representation That Will Fight
Contact us at 979-849-8526. Our attorneys serve clients throughout the Greater Houston area. With offices in Pearland and Angleton, our law firm builds burglary defense cases for clients of all ages and backgrounds. Call us today. All conversations are confidential, and we can come to your immediate defense.