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Property Crime

Property Crime

Burglary

An individual can be charged with burglary in Georgetown if they unlawfully enter another person’s habitation, building or vehicle. This offense is commonly associated with robbery, breaking and entering or theft, and can result in serious penalties. An individual convicted of a burglary offense in Georgetown can face a possibly permanent criminal conviction, jail or prison time, steep fines, and/or an inability to pursue certain professional occupations or jobs.

However, it is important to remember that criminal charges for burglary offenses in Georgetown do not have to result in a conviction. The prosecution must first prove you committed every element to the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Therefore, if the judge or jury has any doubt in their mind, the charges against you may be reduced or even dismissed. Thus, it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney in Georgetown to create your best legal strategy.

Georgetown Burglary Lawyer

If you have been charged with a burglary offense in Georgetown, or any of the surrounding areas Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Taylor, Hutto, Killeen, Temple, Belton or Harker Heights, contact Law Office of Michael J. Price P.C.

Attorneys Michael J. Price is knowledgeable in all areas of Texas’ property laws and will make every effort to help you achieve the most desirable outcome for your particular situation. Call Law Office of Michael J. Price P.C. for a free consultation at (512) 354-1880 about your burglary allegations.


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Terms Associated with Burglary in Georgetown

An individual can be charged with a burglary offense if they enter another person’s habitation, building or vehicle. These terms are defined under section 30.01 of the Texas Penal Code:

  • A habitation is defined as any structure or vehicle that is made or used for overnight accommodations of a person, including any separately secured or occupied portion of a structure or vehicle and any type of structure attached or connected to another structure or vehicle.
  • A building is defined as any enclosed structure intended to be used or occupied as a person’s home or to be used for trade or manufacture.
  • A vehicle is defined as any device in, on or by which a person or property may be moved for transportation.

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Burglary Offenses in Georgetown

Texas law provides for a variety of burglary offenses, ranging from misdemeanor to felony offenses. Burglary in Georgetown can include any of the crimes listed below.

According to Tex. Penal Code § 30.02, an individual can be charged with burglary if they:

  • Enter a habitation, home or a building without the consent of the owner that is not open to the public at the time of the offense with the intent to commit a felony, theft or assault in the building;
  • Remain hidden or concealed in a building, home or habitation without the consent of the owner with the intent to commit a felony, theft or assault in the building; or
  • Enter a habitation, home or building without the consent of the owner and commit or attempt to commit a felony, theft or assault in the building.

Under Tex. Penal Code § 30.03, an individual can be charged with burglary of coin-operated or coin collection machines if they break into or enter any coin-operated machine, coin collection machine or other coin-operated or coin collection equipment without the consent of the owner and with the intent to take property or items of value.

An individual can be charged with burglary of vehicles under Tex. Penal Code § 30.04 if, without the consent of the owner, they break into or enter any vehicle, including railroad cars, motor vehicles, and cars, with the intent to commit a felony or theft.


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Georgetown Penalties for Burglary Crimes

Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code lists the penalties for Texas misdemeanor and felony burglary offenses, which can vary depending on the burglary offense and the degree of the burglary. Punishments for a burglary conviction are as follows:

A burglary offense can result in a state jail felony conviction, which is punishable by a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the offense was committed in any building or structure besides a home.

A burglary offense can result in a felony of the second-degree conviction, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to 20 years and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the offense was committed in a home or habitation.

A burglary offense can result in a felony of the first-degree conviction, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from five to 99 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the offense was:

  • Committed in a home or habitation, and
  • The alleged offender entered the home or habitation with the intent to commit, committed or attempted to commit any other felony besides felony theft.

A burglary of coin-operated or coin collection machine offense can result in a class A misdemeanor conviction, which is punishable by a jail sentence up to one year and/or a fine up to $4,000.

A burglary of a vehicle offense can result in a state jail felony conviction, which is punishable by a jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years and/or a fine up to $10,000, if the alleged offender has previously been convicted of two or more vehicle burglary offenses or the vehicle broken into was a railroad car.

A burglary of a vehicle offense can generally result in a class A misdemeanor conviction, which is punishable by a jail sentence up to one year and/or a fine up to $4,000. However, if the alleged offender has previously been convicted of a burglary of a vehicle offense, they can be sentenced to a minimum mandatory term of six months in jail.


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Law Office of Michael J. Price P.C. | Round Rock Burglary Attorney

Contact Law Office of Michael J. Price P.C. today for a consultation about your alleged property crime throughout Williamson County in Texas. Michael J. Price is an aggressive Georgetown criminal defense lawyer who will make every effort to fight the allegations you.

Contact Law Office of Michael J. Price P.C. at (512) 354-1880 for a consultation about your burglary charges throughout Williamson County and Bell County in Texas.


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