What is Burglary in Florida?

FLORIDA LAW ON BURGLARIES

If you’ve been arrested in South Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach and charged with burglary make sure your criminal defense attorney checks the most recent changes to the burglary statute.

The law in Florida, of which Fort Lauderdale is a part, is a burglary means entering a dwelling or structure or conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein.

Burglary cannot be charged unless the state can prove the intent to commit a crime at the time of the trespass. If the intent to commit a new crime comes after the entry it’s not a burglary: it’s a trespass and a theft.

Some Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorneys omit this point in their thinking. If you want a clear thinking South Florida criminal defense attorney call Ralph Behr at 954 -761-3444.