Monday, August 11, 2014

Burglary Offenses in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa

Burglary involves entering a home, business, structure, or vehicle without the owner's permission and with the intent to commit a criminal offense inside.  Many people use the terms "burglary" and "robbery" interchangeably, but they are distinct crimes.  Robbery is a crime against the person, whereas burglary is a property crime. Robbery offenses will be discussed in a future blog post.  

If a person is or becomes armed during the commission of a burglary, or commits an assault or battery on another person during the commission of the burglary, the maximum penalty is life in prison. Relatively speaking, few felony offenses in Florida are punishable by life.  Also, most burglary offenses will score mandatory prison time on Florida's sentencing guidelines and these invasive offenses are prosecuted very aggressively.  If you have been arrested for burglary, or think you might be, an experienced St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyer can help. 

For more information, see our recent publication on HG.Org: St. Petersburg Burglary Crimes Defense Attorney

The Kilfin Law Firm, P.C. is a Tampa Bay area DUI and criminal defense firm representing clients in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, New Port Richey, Dade City, and Bradenton.


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