Here in Texas, there are a number of legal guidelines that deal with burglary, home invasion, and criminal trespass.
If you are charged with burglary this is a serious offense.
The local prosecuting attorney must prove beyond a reasonable double that you entered property: a home, personal dwelling, a commercial business, or even a motor vehicle, without permission of the owner with the intent to commit a crime.
This would also include breaking into a vending machine.
These cases can involve a theft and/or an assault.
The crimes are either a misdemeanor or felonies.
It’s also possible that the theft occurred without entry into a building or vehicle and the theft was just committed while on the premises.
At Blizzard & Zimmerman Attorneys, we are passionate about representing individuals who have been arrested on burglary charges.
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The Texas Penal Code defines burglary as:
Without the effective consent of the owner, the person:
- Enters a habitation, or a building (or any portion of a building) not then open to the public, with intent to commit a felony, theft, or an assault; or
- Remains concealed, with intent to commit a felony, theft, or an assault, in a building or habitation; or
- Enters a building or habitation and commits or attempts to commit a felony, theft, or an assault.
The penalties for burglary are pretty stiff depending on the place that was burglarized
- Buildings other than habitations are classified as state jail felonies, which can result in 180 days – 2 years in jail, and a $10,000 fine.
- If the premise is a place where a controlled substance is stored, it is classified as a third-degree felony, which can result in 2-10 years in prison, and a $10,000 fine.
- Buildings that are habitations are classified as second-degree felonies, which can result in 2-20 years in prison, and a $10,000 fine.
- If the premises are a habitation and another felony other than theft is intended or attempted, it is classified as a first-degree felony and can result in 5-99 years/life in prison, and a $10,000 fine.
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