When you are accused of something as serious as burglary, you have every right to be nervous. You are facing potential prison time and a permanent criminal record. In other words, the stakes are high. It’s during this trying time that you need an aggressive advocate on your side, working to get you the best results possible in court.
An experienced attorney doesn’t just know the laws and understand how the courts work, they have represented people in similar situations as yours and know what you are up against. But in addition to this, they understand that no two cases are the same and are committed to giving each client, each case, the individualized attention it deserves.
It’s no mystery that the Texas criminal courts dole out severe penalties and burglary is a serious offense with potentially life changing consequences.
Texas Burglary – Laws & Penalties
Burglary is defined under the Texas Penal Code, Title 7, Chapter 30 as doing one of the following without the consent of the property owner:
- Entering a habitation, a building, or any part of a building not open to the public with the intent to commit a felony, a theft, or an assault,
- Remaining concealed in a building or habitation with the intent to commit a felony, a theft, or an assault, or
- Entering a building or habitation and committing or attempting to commit a felony, theft, or an assault.
Burglary is typically classified as a state jail felony and is punishable by up to 2 years in a state jail and a fine reaching $10,000. However, if it is committed upon a habitation, or a home, it is classified as a second degree felony. Second degree felonies carry up to 20 years in prison.
Burglary of a Vehicle in Texas
Burglary of a vehicle is defined as breaking into or entering a vehicle without the owner’s consent with intent to commit a felony or a theft. This crime is classified as a Class A misdemeanor, carrying up to 1 year in jail. If, however, you have a criminal record including two or more similar charges, the charge can be elevated to a state jail felony.
Whether you admit you made a mistake and are simply hoping for a lenient sentence, or if you maintain you are innocent of the charges against you, we may be able to help. Contact our offices today to discuss your case and what can be done to potentially minimize the effects of these serious charges on your life.