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:
- 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- After permission to remain therein has been withdrawn, with the intent to commit an offense therein; or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
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.