Destin Burglary of a Conveyance Attorney
In a tourist town like Destin, Burglary of a Conveyance is a fairly common charge. With so many vehicles in a small city, it is no surprise that people get busted for stealing change, purses, stereo systems, or navigation systems from inside a car. What people don’t realize is that doing this is not just a theft charge, but is a 3rd degree felony burglary case and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. If you or a family member has been arrested for Burglary of a Conveyance in Destin, it is important that you contact an attorney who knows how to defend serious felony cases.
The prosecutors in Destin will inevitably be seeking to convict you of a felony, and may even be looking for prison time. Don’t let this happen to you. I have been defending Burglary of a Conveyance charges in Destin, FL for over a decade and the State Attorney’s Office knows that I am not afraid to fight for my clients. If you don’t want to leave your case to chance, or in the hands of a Public Defender, contact my office, any time, day or night, to see what an experienced criminal defense attorney can do for you.
Burglary of a Conveyance under Florida Law
Florida Statute 810.02 defines burglary as entering a dwelling, a structure, or a conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein, unless the premises are at the time open to the public or the defendant is licensed or invited to enter.
“Conveyance” in Florida Statute 810.011 is defined as “any motor vehicle, ship, vessel, railroad vehicle or car, trailer, aircraft, or sleeping car.”
Like most charges in Destin, there are different degrees and levels of an offense that could have been committed. In a Burglary of a Conveyance case, there are a few different types that you could be facing:
1. Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance is the most common type in Destin and is a third degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
2. Burglary of an Occupied Conveyance is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
3. Burglary of a Conveyance with a Weapon or with an Assault or Battery is the most serious charge and is a first degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
As you can see, Burglary charges in Destin are prosecuted aggressively, and the State requires intense punishment.
Defending Burglary of a Conveyance Charges
In order for the prosecuting attorney to be able to convict you of Burglary of a Conveyance, they must prove two elements beyond a reasonable doubt. The first element is that you entered a conveyance that was owned by or possessed lawfully by another person. The second element is that at the time of the entering, you had the fully formed intent to commit a crime while in the conveyance. If you are claiming you had permission to be on the property, the State must also prove an additional element — that you were not licensed or invited to enter the conveyance or the premises were not open to the public at the time of the entering. At Flaherty Defense Firm, my team and I have stopped the prosecuting attorney from being able to prove these elements, saving many clients from a felony conviction and potential prison time.
Contact a Destin Burglary of a Conveyance Attorney Today
Don’t let this Burglary of a Conveyance charge ruin your life and cause you any more stress. If you have been charged with Burglary in Destin and you are ready to put your case in the hands of a dedicated, experienced attorney, call us today at (850) 243-6097 to schedule a free consultation. We will be upfront and honest with you. I do not use scare tactics, as many lawyers do in this area. I will let you know what I can do to help you get your life back on track and how we plan to win your case.