Destin Burglary of a Conveyance Attorney
In a tourist town like Destin, Burglary of a Conveyance is a common charge. With so many vehicles in a small city, it is no surprise that people get busted for stealing personal belongings out of a car. What people don’t realize is that doing this is not just a theft charge. Burglary of a Conveyance is a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
If you or a family member have 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 prosecutor will likely be seeking to convict you of a felony. They 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 since 2001. 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, contact my office, any time, day or night, at (850) 460-7470 to see what an experienced Destin theft 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:
- 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.
- Burglary of an Occupied Conveyance is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
- Burglary of a Conveyance with a Weapon or with an Assault or Battery is the most serious and is a first degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
What can an attorney do for me if I’m charged with Burglary in Destin?
In order for the prosecuting attorney to convict you of Burglary of a Conveyance, they must prove two elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- You entered a conveyance which was owned by, or possessed lawfully by, another person.
- At the time you entered the conveyance, you had the fully formed intent to commit a crime.
The only way to effectively defend a serious felony case is to develop a customized strategy that fits the unique facts of your case. When we meet, I’ll explain more about that, but below is a list of a few areas that I always explore:
- Review every piece of evidence that the State has.
- police reports,
- witness statements,
- video evidence,
- eyewitness testimony
- Negotiate with the prosecutor for a plea to a reduced charge with no jail.
- Negotiate for Pretrial Diversion. This program offers a complete dismissal of your Burglary case in Destin if you complete it.
- From day one, I will be preparing the case for trial. Even though most cases resolve without a trial, we need to be ready in case that is your best option.
Your Destin Burglary of a Conveyance Attorney
Don’t let this Burglary 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 me today at (850) 460-7470 to schedule a free consultation.