Burglary constitutes any unauthorized breaking and entry into any structure with the intent to commit any crime once inside. There is rarely a victim present during a burglary, unlike in a robbery. Physical breaking and entering is not a requirement of burglary. The offender may simply trespass through an open door. Even if nothing is stolen in a burglary, the act is a “Statutory Offense”
Under Florida State Statutes, “burglary” occurs when a person “enter[s] 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. Depending on the circumstances of the crime, burglary can be classified as third-, second-, or first-degree felonies, with maximum sentences of five years, fifteen years, and life, respectively.
A defendant facing burglary charges needs a strong defense, as Burglary is a serious crime.
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