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Burglary & Theft

Darren D. Shull, P.A. > Burglary & Theft

Burglary

 

 

Burglary and theft may sound like similar crimes, but they are substantially different in regards to the facts that surround them. What they do have in common, however, is that each of them carry significant consequences for anyone who’s convicted of either burglary or theft in Florida.

 

 

There are many variations that occur within the realm of burglary or theft, and if you’ve been arrested and charged with such a crime, there are several facts you need to understand as you prepare for your defense. Below is a brief explanation of the burglary and theft laws in Florida and how you should proceed in regards to enforcing your rights.
The Florida burglary statute states that a person is guilty of burglary by:

  1. 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
  2. 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    • After permission to remain therein has been withdrawn, with the intent to commit an offense therein; or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

 

Burglary is a felony in Florida, and this means that prison terms can include a number of years up to life in prison, depending on the surrounding facts.

Theft

 

 

Theft crimes can have some of the most damaging effects on your life. These crimes tend to greatly impact future employment and business opportunities. Hiring a theft lawyer with extensive experience can help you prevent these charges from impacting your future.

 

 

Contact our office for a free initial consultation and case evaluation regarding any misdemeanor or felony theft crime, including :

 

  • Grand theft
  • Petty theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Home and business burglary
  • Robbery
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Grand theft auto
  • Employee theft

Employee theft charges are taken very seriously by the courts and by future employers. Many courts and most employers view employee theft as a breach of trust between employer and employee. Being convicted on these charges can carry serious penalties and have a devastating impact on your career. At Law Offices of Darren D. Shull, P.A., we are here not only to protect you from fines and jail time, but also to protect your future. The most serious consequence of a theft conviction is the damage it can do to your reputation. Even a misdemeanor theft conviction would result in a permanent criminal record that would follow you for the rest of your life. Most employers ask job applicants if they have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime. If the answer is “Yes,” most employers would have a problem with hiring you. For certain jobs which are licensed, a clear criminal background check may be a requirement.

 

 

The seriousness of a theft charge depends upon the value of the item you are accused of taking. Theft of something worth less than $100 is petit theft, a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to sixty days in jail or $500.00 fine. If the item stolen is over $100 but less than $300.00 the charge is a first degree misdemeanor and can be punishable up to a year in a jail and a $1,000 fine. Theft of something worth $300 or more is grand theft, a felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

 

 

As a result, you need to act immediately to begin building your defense if you’ve been arrested and charged with either of these crimes in Florida. The best way to begin this process is by contacting the criminal defense attorneys of the Law Offices of Darren D. Shull, P.A. and scheduling a consultation. The firm has experience representing clients who’ve been charged with these crimes.