Burglary Charges in Houston

Defense for Theft Crimes in Harris and Fort Bend Counties

Burglary is the unlawful entry of a person into a space, dwelling, home or business with the intent to commit a crime once inside. The burglary does not have to be a forced entry, even unlawfully opening a door, such as in a crime of opportunity, with the intent to steal or cause harm to an occupant can be charged as a serious offense. These crimes can be escalated from a misdemeanor to a felony depending upon the amount of goods taken or if an armed or aggravated crime took place within the property. Trespassing with the knowledge of taking or obtaining property from a location can also be charged as a theft crime. If you or a loved one were arrested for a burglary offense, you need to contact a Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer from Stornello & Correro Law Firm, PLLC right away.

Defenses for Burglary

The prosecution must show beyond a reasonable doubt that you knowingly entered a property to commit a crime. The prosecution will do everything they can within their power to ensure that you receive the highest amount of penalties available for a conviction, which is why it is crucial that you work with an attorney on your defense. Some strong defenses for burglary crimes include:

  • You were actually granted permission to enter the premises
  • There was no intent to commit a crime once you entered the building (you may be simply charged with trespassing)
  • The entry was not actually a structure
  • You were completely unaware of the crime and did not commit any illegal acts
  • You were coerced into committing the crimes

Conviction of burglary requires that the person intends to commit the crime once inside the structure. If the accused was intoxicated to the extent that he or she was incapable of knowingly forming such intent, that person's lack of awareness may be used as part of a defense strategy; however, a person is generally still held liable for their own voluntary intoxication, so drunkenness is not a defense in and of itself. It is important to remember that each case is unique and the circumstances that you were arrested under could potentially change the outcome of your case. If you or a loved one has been arrested for a serious offense such as burglary, you need to contact Stornello & Correro Law Firm, PLLC and retain aggressive legal defense.

Working with Stornello & Correro Law Firm, PLLC

When you retain the representation of Stornello & Correro Law Firm, PLLC, you will be working with a trusted and highly experience criminal defense team who is dedicated to ensuring that your rights are protected. At our firm, we are proud to offer 25 years of experience to our clients in assisting them in achieving favorable outcomes for their criminal cases. We can conduct an independent investigation, visit the scene of the alleged crime, and work hard to prove your side of the story. If you are facing criminal charges, contact Stornello & Correro Law Firm, PLLC right away and schedule a free case evaluation now.