Fort Walton Beach Burglary of a Conveyance Attorney
Most of the Burglary of a Conveyance cases we defend in Fort Walton Beach stem from kids breaking into cars. Most people, especially teenagers, have no idea how serious things are until they get arrested, or until a parent learns that their child has been arrested for a felony offense.
If you or your child have been arrested for Burglary of a Conveyance in Fort Walton Beach, I would like for you to call Flaherty Defense Firm right away at (850) 243-6097. Having an experienced Fort Walton Beach burglary attorney retained as early in the process as possible is vital to the outcome of your case. We may be able to influence what formal charges get filed against you by the prosecutor.
Burglary of a Conveyance under Florida Law
Florida Statute 810.02 states that in order for someone to be found guilty of Burglary of a Conveyance, the State must prove that the suspect entered into a conveyance and remained there with the intent to commit a crime.
Most people think a conveyance means a car or motor vehicle, and that is the most common conveyance. However, Florida Statute 810.011 defines a conveyance as “any motor vehicle, ship, vessel, railroad vehicle or car, trailer, aircraft, or sleeping car.”
Burglary of a Conveyance: A Felony Offense
Burglary of a Conveyance is a felony. There are 3 different levels of this charge, and the penalty varies.
(1) Burglary of Unoccupied Conveyance: This charge is a third degree felony with a potential 5 year prison sentence.
(2) Burglary of Occupied Conveyance: If the conveyance was occupied by someone, you face a second degree felony with a potential 15 year prison sentence.
(3) Burglary of a Conveyance While Armed: If you were armed with a dangerous weapon when you entered the conveyance, or you became armed during the commission of this crime, you will be charged with a first degree felony with a 30 year possible prison sentence.
Defending a Fort Walton Beach Burglary of a Conveyance charge
Burglary of a Conveyance is usually treated more seriously than Burglary of a Structure, but less seriously than Burglary of a Dwelling by the prosecutors in Fort Walton Beach. How does that affect our defense strategy? In a lot of our Burglary of a Conveyance cases, our clients were young people with no prior criminal record. This allows us to make a compelling argument to the prosecutor and the Court that our client is someone worthy of a second chance. That second chance usually comes in the form of a diversion program called Pretrial Intervention (PTI). PTI is a program that will require our client to complete a set of negotiated conditions. If the conditions are successfully completed within the set time limit (usually 10 months), the charge is dismissed by the State.
Of course, we will also explore all possible legal defenses to the charge. We will also prepare the case for trial if that is what our client chooses.
Our #1 goal in defending anyone accused of Burglary of a Conveyance is to allow our client to have a second chance. A chance to “wipe the slate clean” and get on with their life. Being able do that for our clients is very satisfying to us.
Your Fort Walton Beach Burglary of a Conveyance Attorney
Why do I think Flaherty Defense Firm is your best option if you or a loved one has been charged with Burglary of a Conveyance? Because we know what we are doing. We have over 16 years of experience practicing criminal defense exclusively. In those 16 years, we have developed a reputation as a firm with the expertise to get results for our clients that protect their freedom, their record, and their reputation.
If you entrust Flaherty Defense Firm with your defense, I can’t guarantee what the outcome will be in your case. But I do guarantee that you will be defended by a team that will do everything possible to secure the best possible result for you. A team that will care about your case, and will care about what happens to you.
If you would like us to take on this fight with you, give Flaherty Defense Firm a call.
Tim Flaherty can help if you have been charged with Burglary of a Conveyance in Fort Walton Beach. Call Flaherty Defense Firm at (850) 243-6097 and tell Brittni or Brandy that you’d like to meet with me or talk on the phone with me right away.