There is occasionally a misguided belief that property crimes are somehow less serious than those committed directly against other people. The reality of the situation, however, is that Texas criminal law regards burglary as a felonious offense and penalizes it severely. If you are facing prosecution on burglary charges, it is important that you have a skilled legal representative advocating your case.

If you have been arrested and are facing a felony burglary prosecution, then you have no time to waste. A felony conviction can affect the rest of your life. Contact Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to begin working to protect your freedom.

Degrees of Burglary

Chapter 30 of the Texas Penal Code outlines the definition of burglary as well as the classification of the offense. Burglary is legally defined as entering another person's home or property without an invitation and "with intent to commit a felony, theft, or assault." The degrees of burglary are:

  • State jail felony - if committed in any non-dwelling structure
  • Second degree felony - if committed in a structure legally considered as a "habitation"
  • First degree felony - if a crime is committed in a dwelling and one or more of the alleged perpetrators intended to "commit a felony other than theft" or did commit such an act

Burglary can be penalized by years or even decades in jail. If you have been accused of this crime, it is very important to fully understand your rights and your defense options.

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You are guaranteed a fair trial by law, but that does not necessarily mean you will obtain a just outcome. Fortunately, a knowledgeable attorney can be a great asset in your fight for justice. Contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 if you are facing a burglary-related prosecution.

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