Dallas Burglary Defense Lawyers
Protecting Your Rights & Pursuing Your Best Interests in Fort Worth, McKinney, Denton & Austin
Burglary is a theft crime that has serious repercussions if you are convicted. Not only will you face incarceration and hefty fines, your future will be detrimentally impacted with a permanent felony record. This can make finding a job, securing housing, obtaining financial aid, and other opportunities difficult at best.
At Hamilton Grant NTX, our Dallas burglary defense lawyers have a reputation based on a high percentage of legal victories in court, a personalized approach to every case, and a commitment to pursue every available legal avenue in pursuit of a favorable result. We serve clients across Northern Texas and Collin County from offices in Fort Worth, McKinney, Denton, and Austin.
What Constitutes Burglary in Texas?
Burglary in Texas is defined by two elements which must be present in the incident to prove that the offense occurred.
These elements are:
- Unlawful entry into a habitation or building
- Having the intent to commit a felony, theft, or assault while inside
The crime involves entering a private habitation or building, or hiding in a habitation or building intending to commit a felony, theft, or assault. Even in cases where the intended crime was not completed, a burglary charge can still apply. Burglary is generally charged as a state jail felony except when it occurs in a habitation, in which case the charge is elevated to second-degree felony.
State jail felonies are punishable by up to 2 years in jail and/or fines of up to $10,000. Second-degree felonies carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison and/or fines of up to $10,000. Burglary can be elevated even further to a first-degree felony if the intent was to commit a felony other than theft. First-degree felonies are punishable by 5 up to 99 years in prison with fines of up to $10,000.
Less serious types of burglary can include burglary of vehicles or coin-operated machines, which can lead to misdemeanor charges.
Ready for an initial consultation with a Dallas burglary defense lawyer? Contact Hamilton Grant NTX at (214) 225-7117.
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