What Should I Do If I’m Arrested for Burglary in Texas?

Arrested for Burglary in Texas?Dallas News featured a report recently about burglary in Texas. The report concerned the arrests of a man and a woman suspected of committing a burglary in Arlington. The two burglary suspects reportedly had a third accomplice that escaped capture.

After responding to a suspicious-person call, officers discovered the call may have been related to a burglary. Three suspected burglars fled the scene in a vehicle. The officers chased them until the three suspected burglars bailed out of the car. Police captured two of the three burglary suspects. As of this writing, the third suspect was still at large.

What to Do If You’re Arrested for Burglary in Texas

If you are arrested for burglary, you may have a few defenses available to you, including:

  • Coercion – You may be able to argue that someone forced you or tricked you into committing burglary.
  • Unlawful entry – In some jurisdictions, a burglary charge requires unlawful entry, meaning you may be able to argue that you had implied or actual consent to enter the location you are accused of burglarizing.
  • Intent – In the case of intent, a prosecutor must prove that you entered the location of the alleged burglary occurred with the intent to commit theft or another felony. Therefore, if that was not your intent and you can prove that, you may be able to have your charges lowered or even dismissed.

As a former assistant district attorney, Dallas criminal defense lawyer Mike Goolsby has a unique perspective of the criminal justice system that helps him successfully defend the legal rights of people accused of crimes.


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