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Burglary Charges in Fort Bend County

Defense for Theft Crimes in Sugar Land

Burglary is the unlawful entry of a person into a space, dwelling, home or business with the intent to commit a crime once inside. The burglary does not have to be a forced entry, even unlawfully opening a door, such as in a crime of opportunity, with the intent to steal or cause harm to an occupant can be charged as a serious offense. These crimes can be escalated from a misdemeanor to a felony depending upon the amount of goods taken or if an armed or aggravated crime took place within the property. Trespassing with the knowledge of taking or obtaining property from a location can also be charged as a theft crime. If you or a loved one were arrested for a burglary offense, you need to contact a Sugar Land Criminal Defense Lawyer from Stornello Law Firm, P.C. right away.

Defenses for Burglary

The prosecution must show beyond a reasonable doubt that you knowingly entered a property to commit a crime. The prosecution will do everything they can within their power to ensure that you receive the highest amount of penalties available for a conviction, which is why it is crucial that you work with an attorney on your defense.

Some strong defenses for burglary crimes include:

  • You were actually granted permission to enter the premises
  • There was no intent to commit a crime once you entered the building (you may be simply charged with trespassing)
  • The entry was not actually a structure
  • You were completely unaware of the crime and did not commit any illegal acts
  • You were coerced into committing the crimes
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