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Burglary simply means entering a place with the intent to commit a crime. There isn’t a requirement that any force be used in Florida (i.e., “breaking and entering”). Burglary is always a felony, but the level increases depending on the place that was entered. Burglary of a Dwelling (residence) is a second-degree felony and scores a prison sentence, even for a first offense. Burglary of a Structure (building, shed, etc.) and Burglary of a Conveyance (car) are usually third-degree felonies. These offenses can be enhanced if they were occupied at the time of entry or if a firearm was carried (or even stolen from inside).

Burglary not only encompasses the place itself, but often the area surrounding them, called “curtilage.” Curtilage can include the area inside a fence surrounding the property or anything under the roofline, in the carport, or porch.

Common Defenses:

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