Have You Been Charged with Burglary?

Counsel from an Experienced Houston Theft Crime Attorney

While most people understand that burglary concerns the unlawful entrance of a place in order to commit a theft, many accused are surprised by just how broadly this crime is defined in the state of Texas. Even when a theft does not occur, some accused can find themselves facing a conviction and serious felony penalties.

Because of these broad definitions and their inherent gray areas, it is highly recommended that you retain proven, assertive criminal defense counsel when fighting these charges. At The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC, Attorney Luong is a former award-winning prosecutor who brings an intimate knowledge of our courts and justice system to our clients' cases. The accused individuals who come to our firm can always rest assured that the state's case against them will be thoroughly countered both in and outside the courtroom.

Discover the difference an unparalleled Houston theft crime lawyer can make for your burglary case. Contact us at 713.489.2009 today.

Burglary Definitions in Texas

Texas Penal Code § 30.01 defines the crime of burglary. Unlike other theft crimes, actual theft does not have to be part of this offense for the crime to be charged. More important in these cases is the accused's motivation for entering the premises.

In Texas, burglary can be:

  • Entering any residence or building with intent to commit a felony, theft, or assault
  • Hiding inside a residence or building with intent to commit a felony, theft, or assault
  • Entering a building or residence and committing (or attempting) a felony, theft, or assault

This entering of a premises needs to occur without the consent of the owner. Burglary is considered a second degree felony, but can be defined as a first degree felony if a residence was involved or if the felony intended, attempted, or committed was not a theft.

Defending Against Burglary Charges

There is no one, single reliable defense to burglary charges—each case must be individually evaluated. However, because there is such an extensive definition of burglary, some accused who are just trespassing, intoxicated, or are ignorant to their own restricted access to the building in question, end up facing very serious theft charges. In these cases, an accurate depiction of the client’s intent and their circumstances must aggressively put forth by the defense counsel. For this reason, it is crucial to retain counsel from an experienced Houston burglary attorney.

To learn more about your defense options, contact our firm today to request a free, initial case evaluation.

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