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Burglary Lawyer in Fort Bend County
Fighting Burglary Charges in The Greater Houston Area
Burglary is a serious offense in Texas since most types of burglary offenses are felonies. A conviction can result in lengthy imprisonment, expensive fines, and a criminal record can make finding work, getting housing, and living a normal life extremely difficult. If you are facing burglary charges in Fort Bend County or the Greater Houston Area, The Sims Law Firm, PLLC can protect your rights and freedom.
Attorney Brandon Sims is a former prosecutor, which means he is familiar with the tools, resources, and strategies that your accusers use against you. If you’re looking for an attorney with 15 years of legal experience and who understands what you’re going through, as well as understands how the prosecution is building a case against you, you’ve come to the right place. Our work is founded on thorough, meticulous investigation.
What is Burglary?
Legally speaking, burglary is a combination of theft charges and trespassing. In order to be convicted of burglary, the prosecution must prove two things: unlawful entry, and the intent to commit a felony, theft, or assault.
Burglary is defined in three ways:
- Entering a building or habitation and committing or intending to commit a felony, theft, or assault
- Hiding in a building or habitation with the intention to commit a felony, theft, or assault
- Entering a habitation or building “not then open to the public” intending to commit a felony, theft, or assault.
To be charged with burglary, “entering” the premises would only require any part of the body or an object to be inside the building. For example, if a person was caught with their arm inside a window trying to unlatch it from the inside, that would result in a burglary arrest.
What are the Penalties for Burglary in Texas?
Burglary charges have multiple levels, from Class A misdemeanor (vehicle burglary) to first-degree felony charges (burglary of a home to commit multiple felonies). If you’ve been accused of burglary, you need to start protecting your rights as soon as possible.
Committing burglary while armed suggests that a person intended on committing a crime other than theft—increasing the charge to a first-degree felony. Proving the defendant's intent is a key way to limit the penalties of a burglary charge.
Burglary penalties depend entirely on the circumstances of the crime. For example:
- Burglary of a building that is not a habitation would be considered a state jail felony, resulting in up to 2 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
- Burglary of a habitation is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years.
- Burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a crime in addition to theft (such as assault or homicide) is a first-degree felony—up to 99 years in prison, or a life sentence.
- Burglary of a vehicle is usually considered a Class A misdemeanor (up to a year in jail), but if it is a repeat offense, the defendant will be charged with a state jail felony.
Get a Former Prosecutor On Your Side
Our Fort Bend burglary attorney provides our clients with aggressive and effective legal solutions. He can thoroughly assess your case, listen to your story, and figure out all your legal options to get the most favorable result.
Our firm is ready to fight for you. Do not hesitate to reach out to us in order to get started on your personalized defense strategy immediately.
Our case investigations protect your rights by:
- Contacting witnesses who corroborate your side of the story
- Retrieving any audio and video files that strengthen your case
- Issuing subpoenas in order to get the resources you need
- Conducting thorough legal research to develop your case
- Challenging any groundless or unjust charges levied against you
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Attorney Brandon Sims Will Handle Your Case From Start to Finish
Over 15 Years of Exclusively Practicing Criminal Law
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Handled Over a Thousand Cases
If you hesitate to hire an attorney, it may become more difficult to obtain favorable evidence and/or locate witnesses that can testify on your behalf. The sooner you contact The Sims Law Firm, PLLC the sooner we can discuss your charges and get started on your defense.
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