Accused of burglary in Brazoria County, TX? If so, this is a serious criminal charge that can result in a lengthy prison sentence if you’re convicted of the crime. Burglary charges can stem from entering a person’s vehicle, building, or habitation without the permission of the owner.
Although burglary is a serious criminal offense in Texas, Attorney Sandra J. Oballe is known for being an effective criminal-defense lawyer for our clients when the chips are down.
The Law Office of Sandra J. Oballe has defended hundreds of Texans charged with felonies in Brazoria County, TX. If you need to discuss your situation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, call us at 979-265-6800 or send us a message using our message form.
Burglary & Texas Law
Understanding Burglary Charges
In the State of Texas, laws relating to burglary offenses are broad. A person can be charged with burglary if they enter a home or other building without the permission of the owner in an attempt to commit a felony, assault or theft. The same standard applies to attempting to conceal yourself inside of a building or breaking into someone’s car, truck, or other motored-vehicle.
Misdemeanor or Felony?
Burglary charges are always felony offenses in Texas unless the defendant is charged with the burgling of a coin-operated machine or a vehicle. In which case their crime will be classified as a Class A Misdemeanor offense. Even then, burglarizing a coin-operated machine or vehicle can be enhanced to a State Jail Felony if the defendant is determined to be a habitual offender.
Criminal Penalties for Burglary in Texas
If a person burgles a building, the offense will be classified as a State Jail Felony, unless the building was a home, then the offense will be classified as a 2nd Degree Felony. If convicted of the State Jail Felony, the defendant will face a minimum prison sentence of six months while those classified as a 2nd Degree Felony can expect to serve a term of imprisonment ranging from two-to-twenty years.
Defendants arrested for burglarizing a habitation with the intent or in an attempt to commit a felony other than theft will be charged under 1st Degree Felony guidelines which, if convicted, can lead to a prison sentence of anywhere from 5 years to life.
Arrested for Burglary in Brazoria County?
Call Angleton Criminal Defense Lawyer Sandra J. Oballe
Whether you were accused of burglary in Angleton, Pearland, Alvin, or elsewhere in Brazoria County, you can count on the Law Office of Sandra J. Oballe to be the fierce fighter you’ll need in your corner.
Although I’m from Houston, I’ve lived in Angleton for a number of years and have become quite familiar with many sitting Brazoria County judges, prosecutors, and staff(s).
If there’s a way out for you, we’ll find it.