Burglary is defined as unauthorized entry or breaking into a building or an occupied structure with the intent to commit a crime while inside. Burglary of a building is a serious charge, and can be charged as a second-degree felony. A defendant can face two to 20 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.
The burglary habitation charge includes entering a habitation or a part of a building that isn’t open to the public with intent to commit a felony, remaining concealed with the intent to commit a felony, or entering a building or habitation and committing or attempting to commit a crime. To be prosecuted for the lesser charge of criminal trespassing, it must be proven that the defendant entered the property or remained on a property without that person’s consent.
This is considered a second-degree felony in the state of Texas with punishment of two to 20 years of jail time and fines up to $10,000. If the defendant however intended to commit a felony other than theft, then the charge increases to a first-degree felony which is punishable by five years up to 99 years and fines up to $10,000.
Why Hiring Legal Counsel Helps Your Case
If you have been charged with burglary charges in San Antonio or Bexar County, it’s time to seek expert counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney. He fully understands all Texas burglary laws and can uphold them in court. He can also develop defense strategies that best help his client’s cases.
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