Florida Burglary Defense
In Florida, a burglary occurs when an individual enters a dwelling, structure, or conveyance (car) with the intent to commit an offense therein. All burglaries are felonies and call for high-quality criminal defense attorneys. These commonly charged offenses range from the random rummaging through a car for loose change, to the entry of a home for robbery purposes. The location of the burglary and the events that happened during the offense can lead to drastic changes in the felony exposure. For instance, entering a home that is occupied and assaulting anyone inside, or becoming armed once inside the home, can expose a defendant to a possibility of life in prison. Breaking into an unoccupied car, on the other hand, is only a third-degree felony, subjecting the defendant to a possible sentence of five years in prison. Regardless of the degree of felony faced, these charges are extremely difficult to handle and should not be trusted to attorneys with little or no experience in criminal law. Many of those arrested find themselves in a trial setting and must be accompanied by a seasoned trial attorney with the experience and know-how to properly defend the accused.
Often these charges, with the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, can be reduced or broken down to a charge of trespass, if not outright beaten or dropped by the State. Many times an individual is arrested for committing a burglary if they are found in possession of stolen property. But if there is little or no evidence to suggest that the defendant intended to commit a crime once inside the structure, dwelling, or conveyance, then the charges won't stick.
Prosecutors will often attempt to appeal to the "common sense of the jury" and suggest that there would be no other purpose to entering these places, if not to commit a crime. The problem with that argument is that "common sense" is not a substitute for evidence. Prosecutors must be able to present objective evidence that demonstrates the defendant's desire to commit a crime once inside the location. Our attorneys have vast trial experience and know-how to defend against such arguments before and during the trial.
If you need a Florida criminal defense lawyer to defend Florida burglary charges, contact the Jacksonville office of Arnold Law Firm today.