Have you been arrested for a Burglary or other Theft Crimes in Palm Beach County, Florida?
Many people do not understand the difference between the crimes of robbery, burglary or theft under the laws of Florida or other jurisdictions. However, each is a separate and distinct offense which requires different elements to prove and carries with it different penalties. Nonetheless, all are serious crimes, which, no matter their differences, carry with them the potential for serious criminal penalties, including long periods of imprisonment. Therefore, if you have been arrested for, charged or accused of burglary, robbery or theft in Palm Beach County, you should immediately contact experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Bryan Raymond today.
Burglary under Florida Law
In Florida, burglary occurs where a person enters or remains in a dwelling, a structure, or a conveyance with the intent to commit a criminal offense therein. A person also commits burglary in Florida by remaining in a dwelling, building, or vehicle intending to commit a crime, even if the defendant was initially invited in. This happens when the defendant remains on the premises by hiding or remains after no longer being allowed onsite. Burglary is a felony offense and carries severe penalties that will typically include prison and/or probation. Armed Burglary is a first degree felony, with penalties up to life in prison, where the defendant commits an assault or battery upon any person. He or she is or becomes armed within the dwelling, structure, or conveyance, with a firearm, explosives or another type of dangerous weapon. Burglary is a second degree felony, with penalties of up to 15 years in prison or 15 years of probation and a $10,000 fine, where the defendant does not commit an assault, does not carry a dangerous weapon, and he or she enters or remains in a dwelling, structure or conveyance and there is another person in the same dwelling, structure or conveyance at the time the offender enters.
Robbery under Florida Law
Under Florida law, the criminal offense of robbery requires that a defendant took the money or property of some value from the person or custody of another person using force, violence or assault, and that the taking was with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive the victim of possession of whatever was taken. In Florida, robbery is a felony, but can be different degrees of felony depending on certain factors. For instance, if a firearm or other deadly weapon is used in the course of committing the robbery, then the robbery is a first degree felony punishable by up to life in prison. Where a firearm or other deadly weapon is not used in the commission of the robbery, then the robbery is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison or 15 years of probation and a $10,000 fine.
Contact Experienced West Palm Beach Attorney Bryan Raymond if You Have Been Charged with Burglary, Robbery or any Theft Offense
Having an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner when you have been accused of burglary, robbery, or any other theft offense in Palm Beach County is imperative given the seriousness of such charges. Bryan Raymond has over 20 years of experience providing aggressive, zealous representation of those charged with a wide variety of crimes in Palm Beach County, including robbery, burglary and other theft crimes. If you have been arrested for or charged with robbery, burglary or another theft crime in Palm Beach County, then contact experienced and aggressive attorney Bryan Raymond today.