I was caught breaking and entering into someone’s home. I didn’t think breaking and entering was that serious of an offense, but now I’m being charged with burglary.
Unfortunately, most people do not realize the severity of a burglary charge until they are being prosecuted for one. Under Florida law, what is commonly refer to in lay terms as “breaking and entering” is actually the crime of burglary, which can be classified as high as a first-degree felony punishable by life in prison.
As of July 1, 2001, burglary is defined as entering a dwelling, a structure, or a conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein, unless the premises are at the time open to the public or the defendant is licensed or invited to enter; or notwithstanding a licensed or invited entry, remaining in a dwelling, structure, or conveyance: surreptitiously, with the intent to commit an offense therein; after permission to remain therein has been withdrawn, with the intent to commit an offense therein; or to commit or attempt to commit a forcible felony. Essentially, a burglary is entering without permission, or remaining somewhere after permission was revoked, with the intent to commit a criminal offense. Continue reading