Burglary

A burglary charge arises when an individual is accused of making entry without the owner's permission and with the intent to commit either theft, a felony offense, or both. In any burglary charge, 'entering' does not require that the person enters completely – only that some part of the individual, or an object connected to the individual, enters. The most common burglary offenses include burglary of a motor vehicle, of a building, and of a habitation. 

Burglary of a Motor Vehicle

Although burglary of a motor vehicle was a felony offense at one time, it is now only a misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to one year in county jail. Probation is a possibility for the accused, depending on the case facts and the criminal history of the individual.  

Once an individual has been convicted of or placed on probation for burglary of a motor vehicle two or more times, the next such allegation becomes a felony, with a punishment ranging from six months to two years in state jail. 

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Burglary of a Building

It's important to know the different outcomes for burglaries of homes and burglaries of other structures like stores and office buildings. The punishment for burglarizing a building, such as a store or an office, is lower in Texas because the crime is not considered as serious as breaking into a home. 

Building burglary offenses are usually state jail felonies punishable by six months to two years in state jail. The specific consequences and potential probation for burglary of a building eligibility cannot be stated without looking into the individual facts, circumstances, and criminal history involved. 

Burglary of a Habitation

A typical burglary of a habitation case in Texas is a second-degree felony, punishable by two to 20 years in prison, with the possibility of probation in specific circumstances. There are also circumstances where burglary of a habitation can become a first-degree felony, such as if the intent upon entering the home is to commit sexual assault. In such a case, the punishment range is elevated to five to 99 years or life in prison. In all cases, it's best to talk to us to get your free individualized assessment.

Dallas burglary defense lawyers

Burglary charges are serious allegations, and you need an aggressive and experienced attorney on your side. Contact the lawyers of the Harris & Harris Law Group today to discuss your rights under Texas law.