Austin Burglary Lawyer

A conviction for burglary can lead to serious penalties and drastically hurt your future. Get the defense that could beat your charges by working with an Austin burglary lawyer.

If you’ve been charged with burglary, you’re faced with a serious threat to your freedom and your future. Depending on the specifics of your charge, you could receive a punishment that involves a fine of thousands of dollars and years spent in jail or prison—if you’re convicted.

Getting charged doesn’t mean that there’s no hope of walking free. At Tillman Braniff, PLLC, we have experience defending clients against the most serious of charges. An Austin burglary lawyer from our office can build the best defense for your case and possibly get the charges against you dropped or reduced.

What’s at Stake with a Burglary Charge

Getting charged with burglary means that you’re accused of entering a location uninvited with the intent to commit another crime, such as theft or assault. Texas actually treats burglary differently depending on the type of location you are accused of unlawfully entering:

  • Burglary of a Building – State jail felony, 180 days to two years in jail, fine up to $10,000
  • Burglary of a Habitation – Second-degree felony, two to twenty years in prison, fine up to $10,000
    • If it’s believed that you were going to commit any crime other than theft, punishment can be increased to a first-degree felony, five to ninety-nine years in prison, fine up to $10,000
  • Burglary of a Vehicle – Class A misdemeanor, up to one year in jail, fine up to $4,000
    • Two prior conviction for this charge can increase the penalty for a third or subsequent offense to a state jail felony, 180 days to two years in jail, fine up to $10,000

Defending Against Your Burglary Charge

Your Austin burglary lawyer will help you determine the best defense to employ in your case. With this particular charge, there are a number of possibilities that might apply, but it will all depend on the specifics of your case.

For example, it might be that you were in fact given consent to be on the premises. Burglary also requires intent to commit another crime, so we might argue that this simply wasn’t the case by explaining your real reason for being there. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs might assist in explaining this, although it could lead to other charges, so this defense must be carefully considered.

Burglary also means that you must have entered a structure or vehicle of some sort. We might introduce reasonable doubt by explaining why the premises you were on don’t qualify as a structure.

Help from an Austin Burglary Defense Attorney

At Tillman Braniff, PLLC, we believe in helping people who find themselves in trouble with the law. If you’ve been charged with burglary, we want to help you navigate the criminal justice system by developing the strongest defense possible for your case.

It all starts with a free and confidential consultation where you can tell your side of the story to an experienced Austin burglary lawyer. Arrange a time for yours by completing the form below or by giving our office a call at 512-236-0505.