Burglary in Texas

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Have you been charged with burglary? If so, then it is time to contact proven legal representation. Burglary is always considered a felony and, in some cases, the theft of property does not even need to occur for a suspect to be charged. However, these allegations can be vulnerable to dismissals and reductions with proper legal preparation, insight, and tenacity. If you have been accused, J. Roland Jeter, P.C. invites you to contact their firm today.

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Burglary Definitions & Penalties

Texas Penal Code § 30.02 defines the crime of burglary as entering "a habitation, or a building (or any portion of a building) not then open to the public, with intent to commit a felony, theft, or an assault." Remaining hidden in a habitation or building with the intent to commit a felony is also considered burglary. Notice here that "intent to commit a felony" does not necessarily mean theft, but can mean any felony offense.

Burglary and its penalties are categorized into two felony classes:

  • Second degree burglary: up to 20 years in prison and $10,000 in fines
  • First degree burglary: up to 99 years in prison and $10,000 in fines

First degree burglary is charged in two cases: when the premises being burglarized is a habitation (a residence), and when the attempted or committed felony is something other than theft. For more information on your burglary charge, the potential penalties, and how an aggressive, dynamic defense can benefit you, contact J. Roland Jeter, P.C. today.

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