Denton Burglary of Building Lawyer
Under the Penal Code of Texas, there are three ways in which Burglary could be committed. An individual is guilty of the offense if he or she enters a structure that is close to the public or a habitation without the permission of the owner and with the intention of committing theft, assault or felony. An individual is also guilty of the offense if he or she remains concealed in a dwelling or building without the consent of the owner and with the intention of committing theft, assault or felony or if he or she goes into a habitation or building without the permission of the owner and attempts or actually commits theft, assault or felony.
For the purpose of the law governing burglary of building/habitation, “enter” means to physically put any body part or physical object connected to the body into a habitation or building. A “habitation” means a place that is used for sleeping.
A burglary offense is considered as a third degree felony in the state of Texas, if it was done in a structure other than a habitation. The offense is considered as second degree felony if it was done in a habitation. The crime will be considered as first degree felony if the building that was invaded is a habitation and the actor did so with the intention of committing felony aside from theft, or committed or tried to commit a felony aside from theft.
The punishment for burglary of habitation in the state of Texas is a second degree felony, the punishment ranges from two to twenty years in prison and a fine that will not exceed 10,000 dollars. Burglary of building is a third degree felony, the punishment ranges from two to ten years in prison as well as a fine that will not exceed 10,000 dollars.
Expungement is possible for a felony record in Texas if you were given an acquittal at the trial, you were convicted but was pardoned later on or the charges have been dismissed.
The Goolsby Law Firm works with the client to make sure that you receive a fair trial in court. Your freedom and liberty are at stake if you have been accused of burglary of building/habitation. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be even be sentenced to spend your entire life in prison. If you or a member of your family is charged with burglary of building/habitation anywhere in North Texas, act fast. Take the first step in protecting your legal rights by calling us at The Goolsby Law Firm as soon as possible.
You do not have to be actually in court to work with us. The Goolsby Law Firm believes that a stronger defense could be built if we know everything about your case. Call us today for a free initial consultation that will allow us to know more about your case and advise you on your best legal options.