There are several different types of burglary charges that you could face in Texas. Generally speaking, burglary is distinguished from other theft crimes because of the element of entering into a building with the intent to criminally steal another person’s property. Texas Penal Code states that you have committed the offense of burglary if you, without consent:
- Enter a habitation or building not open to the public with the intent to commit a felony
- Conceal yourself in that habitation/building and commit/attempt to commit a felony
It must be noted that you can be charged with burglary if any part of your body or any object that you are holding or is somehow attached to your body has entered the building. For example, you can still be charged with burglary if you are holding a flashlight and you have poked it into a door or window of a house or building that is not open to the public.
Depending upon the type of building that you were allegedly seen or caught entering, you could be charged with a second degree felony or a first degree felony. These charges could result in life imprisonment – that is a very, very serious sentence.
Do I need a lawyer if I have been charged with burglary?
Our Houston burglary lawyers work with each client to ensure that a fair trial takes place. Your life and freedom as you know it are at stake when you are charged with burglary. Depending upon the circumstances of your situation, you could even have to spend the rest of your life in prison. If you or a loved one is facing this type of charge, you need to take action immediately. Take the necessary steps to protect your constitutional rights by speaking with a competent attorney as soon as possible. Because we are an intimate law firm, you can meet directly with the attorney who will be representing you in your case. You won’t have to wait until you’re actually in court to meet your legal representative when you work with our lawyers. We believe that we can build a better defense if we are fully aware of every aspect of your case.