Burglary is defined by Florida Statute ¬§810.02 as the unauthorized entry into a structure, dwelling or conveyance with the intent to commit a crime therein. In burglary, a structure could be a home, an office, a store… etc. A conveyance could be a car or a boat for instance.

Examples of Burglary

If access is gained into a garage without permission and after having gained access the person steals a car, if caught the person will face burglary charges.

A scenario involving a conveyance (mode of transportation) is seen in vehicle related cases. For instance, a car window is slightly cracked open. The person sticks their hand through the window and throw an item that strikes the driver. The offense committed therein could be described as a battery. The unlawful entry was the action of taking part of your body and entering into the conveyance to throw the item without the consent of the driver.


The penalties for the types of burglary charges will vary. First degree burglary typically involves an explosive or a dangerous weapon and an assault or battery upon a person is committed with that weapon and/or a person uses a motor vehicle to create damage to a dwelling or structure or damage to property is caused in excess of $1,000. Second degree is committed if the accused enters the home of another while there is another person present in the building. However, there are occasions where an accused can be charged with a second-degree burglary even if another person is not home. Lastly, Third degree is often charged in theft of an automobile or when a person is not in a structure, dwelling or conveyance at the time of the act.

First degree: This is the charge with the severest punishment resulting in a sentence up to life behind bars.

Second degree: The penalty one could face is up to 15 years in prison and/or 15 years’ probation and up to a $10,000 fine.

Third degree burglary: one may face up to 5 years in prison and/ or 5 years’ probation and may need to pay a penalty up to $5,000.

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If you have been charged with burglary it’s critical that you hire an attorney immediately to defend your case. The prosecution never rests and will gather evidence against you to create a strong case that may lead to your conviction. There are stiff penalties involved including years of prison and high fines. Do not take a chance with your life. Call our skilled St. Lucie Burglary Lawyer at Dadan Law Firm. We will take a look at your case and offer you a free strategic consultation, informing you of the defenses available in your case.