Houston Burglary Defense Lawyer
Burglary is a crime where severity of punishment varies from state to state. In the state of Texas, a person commits burglary if he or she:
- Enters a building not open to the public with the intent to commit theft, assault, or another felony.
- Remains concealed in a building not open to the public with the intent to commit assault, theft, or a felony.
- Is caught on the premises after receiving notice that entrance was forbidden.
It is important to note that there is no requirement for forced entry for a burglary to occur. Simply trespassing through an open door may constitute burglary. For example, if you walk into someone’s unlocked boathouse and take their boat out, you are still committing burglary, even if you return the boat in its original condition.
Being Charged With Burglary
If you are facing criminal charges for burglary, it can be hard to know where you stand. In general, burglary is classified in Texas as a felony. Criminal trespassing, on the other hand, is generally tried as a misdemeanor. Burglary can carry severe consequences, including jail time from 2 to 20 years and fines up to $10,000. When you are facing these types of charges, it is important to do the following:
- Exercise your right to remain silent. If you are arrested, never give a statement to police without a lawyer present. The police are trained to investigate crimes by gathering evidence against you, so it is imperative to have legal counsel by your side to advise you. Too often, people mistakenly convict themselves by giving the police a confession. While it is important to be respectful and compliant, do not give out too much information.
- Retain the services of a qualified legal team as soon as possible. A good lawyer will advise you on what questions to answer, and when you should keep silent.
How We Defend Burglary Cases
The first step in building your defense is to hear your side of the story. Once we have an accurate picture of your version of events, we begin to create a narrative that provides reasonable doubt.
In criminal cases, it is important to remember that the burden of proof is on the accuser. In fact, the prosecution must prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the acts in question. One of the more common ways to defend a burglary case is to examine holes in the prosecution’s story. As such, we will thoroughly examine police procedures and evidence. If the police did not abide by the law while questioning you or did not log evidence properly, it can be inadmissible in court.
We will also review affirmative defenses, which assert that you may have committed the acts in question, but they do not constitute a crime. For example, if you were intoxicated at the time of the burglary, we may argue that you lacked the ability to have intentionally committed the crime.
Enlisting an Experienced Houston Robbery Attorney
No matter the circumstances surrounding your case, we know how important it is for you to be informed. That is why we are committed to communicating every aspect of your case with you, without unfamiliar legal terminology. You will have all of the information you need to make informed decisions.
At the Houston Criminal Defense Law Offices of David A. Breston, our lawyers have represented over 4,000 criminal cases and have more than a decade of experience defending against burglary charges. From the moment you place a call to our office, we will aggressively advocate for your rights. We take your time and testimony seriously. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact David Breston today.