Burglary

Fort Bend Burglary Lawyer

Aggressive Advocacy for Criminal Defense

At the Law Office of John L. Venza Jr., I am a dedicated advocate for the rights of the accused and have the experience and aggressive approach necessary to fight your burglary charges. Through thorough investigations and an extensive understanding of the way the prosecution works, I can build an effective defensive strategy to protect your freedom. My approach to criminal defense has been proven to be successful in obtaining positive outcomes and I am ready to fight for you.

Burglary vs. Robbery

Two of the most common theft & property crimes are burglary and robbery, which are often used interchangeably even though the two are significantly different crimes. While the action involved in the crime, the unlawful taking of or attempt to take another’s property, is the same, the circumstances surrounding the crime are different. Robbery involves the use of force, threat, or intimidation to take something of value from someone and requires that the victim be present at the scene. On the other hand, burglary is the act of unlawfully entering a property with the intent to commit theft or other crimes and does not require the victim to be present.

Penalties of Burglary Convictions

Burglary can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony based upon the circumstances surrounding the crime, including the type of building entered, the value of property stolen or intended to be stolen, and whether or not the accused was armed.

Examples of sentencing include:

  • Burglary of a building that is inhabited is considered a second degree felony which is punishable by 2-20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000
  • Burglary of a building that is not inhabited is considered a state jail felony which is punishable by 180 days to 2 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000

It is important to note that if you unlawfully enter a property without the intent of committing theft or other crimes, you may be charged with criminal trespass, which is a misdemeanor that carries less significant penalties.

Get the Effective Counsel You Need

As a Fort Bend criminal defense lawyer who was once a former prosecuting attorney, you can trust in my experience and insight to get the job done for you. I am dedicated to providing my clients with a comprehensive understanding of the charges they face and helping them to feel confident knowing they have an aggressive defensive strategy working for them. I make myself readily available to address all of my clients concerns, so don’t hesitate to get started today.

Contact my firm online or by phone at (281) 817-8737 to request your free consultation.

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