Fort Bend County Burglary Defense Attorney
Former Prosecutor with 10+ Years of Experience
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 13 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.
The Sims Law Firm is led by an
experienced former prosecutor with a reputation for getting results—call (713) 766-1445 to
schedule a free consultation today.
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.
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
Helping Clients in the Greater Houston Area
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
Call (713) 766-1445 to
schedule your free consultation. We can get you answers and begin defending your rights as soon as you call.