Burglary in Florida

Our Jacksonville Criminal Defense Law Firm represents many people charged with crimes. A fairly common crime is burglary. A burglary in Jacksonville is committed when you enter or remain in a dwelling, structure, or conveyance with the intent to commit a crime therein, unless the place is open to the public at the time or you have been allowed to enter. Most people believe that you have to “break and enter” in order to be arrested for a burglary, but the fact is you don’t have to break into anything. You just have to enter.

In Florida, there are a few things you can burglarize. One is a “structure”. This is defined as a building of any kind, either temporary or permanent, which has a roof over it together with the curtilage. A “dwelling” can also be burglarized. This is defined as a building or conveyance of any kind, including an attached porch, whether such building or conveyance is temporary or permanent, mobile or immobile, which has a roof over it and is designed to be occupied by people lodging in it at night. The last thing that can be burglarized is a “conveyance”. A conveyance is any motor vehicle, ship, vessel, railroad car, trailer, or sleeping car.