Were You Accused Of Burglary?
Burglary is a serious violation of Texas law and can be committed in three different methods. The first is if an individual enters the premises of a dwelling, building or motor vehicle that is closed to the public with the intention of committing a theft, felony, or assault without the owner’s consent. Secondly, an individual commits burglary if he or she waits hidden in a habitation or building with the intent to enact a theft, felony, or assault. Finally, an individual is guilty of committing a burglary if he or she enters a building, motor vehicle, or dwelling without the consent of the owner and commits or attempts to commit a theft, felony or assault.
Penalties For Burglary
Burglary penalties differ depending on the type of premises entered or the circumstances of the case, ranging from state jail felonies to first degree. For instance, the statutory offense of burglary in a building other than a habitation is a third-degree felony in Texas, while a burglary committed by invading a dwelling is a second-degree felony, especially if there was intent to commit another felony besides theft.
If you have been charged with burglary, attorney John C. Rentz can help you. We work with each client to create an individualized defense to secure the most positive outcome we can for you.
Penalties Guideline: Class A To First Degree
- Burglary of motor vehicle — Class A misdemeanor
- Burglary of a building (not habitation) — State jail felony
- Burglary of a habitation (theft, assault or intent to theft) — Second-degree felony
- Burglary of a habitation to commit felony other than theft — First-degree felony