Burglary Attorney in Waco, McLennan County
Our decades of experience in burglary cases gives us insight into the strategy and weakness in the prosecution’s case. If you are accused of burglary in Waco, you must get a skilled defense attorney. Call us at 254-753-6437 for a free 30-minute consultation.
Charged with Burglary in Waco?
Burglary is defined as Entering a habitation, a building, or any part of a building not open to the public and without consent of the property owner, with the intent to commit a felony, a theft, or an assault, Remaining concealed in a building or habitation with the intent to commit a felony, a robbery, or an attack, or Entering a building or dwelling and committing or attempting to commit a felony, theft, or an assault. It is important to note that if any part of the body or any object being held or somehow attached to the body of the burglar has entered the building, the person may still be charged with burglary.
Burglary of a Habitation in McLennan County
Burglary of a habitation is a second-degree felony punishable by 2-20 years in prison. However, burglary of a habitation becomes a first-degree felony punishable by 5-99 years or life if: The premises are a habitation, AND Any party to the offense entered the dwelling with intent to commit a felony OTHER THAN felony theft or committed or attempted to commit a felony other than felony theft. Therefore, the use of a deadly weapon in the burglary of the habitation can contribute to the intent to commit a felony other than felony theft but does not by itself make the burglary of a habitation a first-degree felony. The exception to this would be if the person carrying the deadly weapon were a felon because a felon in possession of a firearm is a felony in Texas.
Burglary of a Vehicle in Waco
Another common Texas burglary offense is the burglary of a vehicle. This occurs when a person breaks into or enters a car without the owner’s permission, with intent to commit a felony or a theft. Generally, this is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a potential one year in jail. However, if a person has two or more similar convictions on his or her record, that person can be charged with a state jail felony and face two years in jail. Texas Burglary Penalties Being accused of burglary in Texas means severe penalties and lifelong consequences as Texas is one of the strictest states for crime and punishment. Charges could result in life imprisonment. A burglary charge is not the same as a burglary conviction. There are options.
Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Procedure
There are a lot of questions that swell around in your head during a difficult time. Nothing can replace meeting a lawyer face-to-face about your defense. But we have assembled some questions and answers about the criminal justice system in Waco for your information.
Need a Waco Burglary Lawyer
If you have been accused of burglary in McLennan County, you need to call an attorney experienced handling these charges. Burglary defense attorneys at Dunnam & Dunnam can help you through this serious charge against you. If you need an aggressive criminal defense lawyer in Waco, call us at 254-753-6437.