The criminal lawyers at Ohle & Ohle have extensive experience successfully crafting legal defenses for individuals arrested and charged with illegally entering, occupying or remaining in a dwelling without permission of the owner with the intent to commit an offense. Depending on the circumstances of the alleged burglary, the prosecution can charge an individual with a first-, second- or third-degree felony. If you’ve been arrested and charged with this type of crime, it is critical you contact an experienced Fort Pierce burglary defense lawyer well versed in successfully defending related charges. The penalties for a burglary conviction can have life-altering consequences including a lengthy prison sentence.

We understand that being arrested – especially if it’s the first time – can be a very traumatic event, causing severe stress and fear. With decades of experience representing clients in criminal court, we have the knowledge, experience and commitment to provide aggressive legal representation to obtain the best possible outcome for your case.

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What must the prosecution prove?

The burden of proving a crime occurred beyond a reasonable doubt is squarely on the shoulders of the prosecution. In cases of burglary, the first and most important aspect the prosecutor must prove to obtain a guilty verdict is the defendant’s intent to commit a crime after unlawfully entering or occupying a dwelling.

Other questions related to a burglary charge and associated punishments that must be considered are:

  • Was the dwelling open to the public at the time of the alleged crime?
  • Was the dwelling unoccupied or occupied?
  • Was the defendant licensed to be in the dwelling?
  • Was the defendant invited to enter?
  • Did an assault or battery upon a person occur?
  • Was the defendant armed or did he become armed within the dwelling?

These factors will directly affect the degree of the felony charge, and consequently, the severity of punishment the defendant may receive if convicted.

Experience matters in a burglary case

The criminal defense lawyers at Ohle & Ohe genuinely care about clients who retain their law firm, and will provide the best legal defense possible given the specific nature of your alleged crime. Your interests are always foremost in our minds, especially when it comes to making decisions that will impact your life, and that of your family’s. Our Fort Pierce burglary lawyers have abundant experience and the necessary skills to take your case to trial, work to have your case dismissed altogether or negotiate with the prosecutor to minimize penalties.

If you have been arrested and charged with burglary in or around Fort Pierce, let our experienced defense attorneys help you understand your options and rights. Our initial consultation is free.

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In some states, ‘breaking and entering’ is a separate charge that is tacked on to burglary charges. In Fort Pierce and elsewhere in Florida, there is no difference. The official charge is burglary.
Burglary (of a Dwelling) is classified as a Second-Degree Felony in Fort Pierce and elsewhere in Florida, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. If other charges are involved – like robbery and assault with a deadly weapon – the burglary typically becomes a First-Degree Offense, with those other charges levied separately and often carry additional penalties.
Theft generally involves the unlawful removal of another’s property. Burglary involves entering a structure or dwelling with the intent to steal items, money, data or other property belonging to others. Your burglary defense attorney in Fort Pierce can help explain the difference and related penalties.
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