Burglary of a Structure
Burglary of a Structure
According to Florida Law a structure means a building that has a roof over it, and the enclosed space of ground immediately surrounding that structure.
If a person unlawfully enters a structure with the intent to commit a crime inside, that person would commit a burglary of a structure. For example, if someone were to sneak into a warehouse with the intent to steal property, that person would commit a burglary of a structure.
Also, if a person lawfully enters a structure, but then secretly remains in the structure with the intent to commit a crime that person would also commit a burglary of a structure. For example, if a person legally entered a store but then hid in a storage area until all the staff left so that he could steal from the store, that person would commit a burglary of a structure.
What are the maximum penalties in Florida for Burglary of a Structure?
It depends on whether or not the structure was occupied by another person at the time of the burglary.
If the structure was unoccupied, Burglary of a Structure is a third-degree felony punishable by a maximum of:
- A prison sentence of 5 years
- A $5,000.00 fine
- 5 years of probation
If another person occupied the structure, Burglary of a Structureis a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum of:
- 15 years of imprisonment
- A $10,000.00 fine
- 15 years of probation
However, if during the course of the burglary the accused is armed with a dangerous weapon – or if during the course of the burglary the accused commits an assault or battery – Burglary of a Structure becomes a first-degree felony punishable a maximum of life imprisonment.
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Tampa Attorney David C. Hardy is a former prosecutor that now represents persons accused of Burglary of a Structure. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy as an Expert in Criminal Trial Law. As a prosecutor and defense attorney, he has extensive experience handling all types of burglary cases.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for Burglary of a Structure in Hillsborough County Florida, Pinellas County Florida, or Pasco County Florida, Attorney David C. Hardy has the knowledge, skills, and experience to guide you through this process and obtain the best possible results.