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Category: Burglary

Aug 11

Burglary of a Motor Vehicle is Not the Same as Breaking Into a TX Home

Auto Theft | Burglary

Motor vehicles are often a tempting target for break-ins — they’re frequently left unattended, are easy to enter, and contain valuables such as navigation and audio equipment that are easily viewed through windows.

If you break into a motor vehicle, you might find yourself facing Texas theft charges. The question you have is ‘what kind.’

While facing any “burglary” charge is scary enough, penalties for breaking into a car are actually different from what you’d face for breaking into a home, although they’re still quite serious.

To clarify this important difference, we’ve put together a guide covering Texas burglary of a motor vehicle, and how these differ from other burglary charges.

Texas Burglary vs. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle

May 31

Different Types of Burglary Charges You Can Face in Texas


Texas law generally defines burglary as the unlawful entry into any public or private structure with an intent to commit any felony, theft, or other kind of assault while inside.

Even when a person has initially entered the premises lawfully, if they remain in the structure beyond the time they are welcomed (if a store closes, or if the owner of a home has asked you to leave, for instance), and if they intentionally try to conceal the fact that they are still there, they can be charged with burglary in this state.

This is a big deal, because Texas burglary charges can have you facing hefty penalties depending on the circumstances, and conviction can leave you with a serious [...]

Jun 15

Types of Burglary Covered Under Texas Law


Burglary covers several different kinds of theft under Texas law. In this post, we’ll detail the types of burglary, their penalties, and how you can get help if you are facing charges.

Burglary as Defined by Texas Statute

All burglary convictions in Texas will depend on this fact: an individual entered a private building, structure, or habitation with intent to commit a crime within, but without consent of the owner. The crime could be assault, theft, or other felonies.

Unlawful entry and intent to commit a crime are essential pieces in a burglary case. Even if the intended crime was not carried out, an individual can face burglary charges. A conviction may occur if the prosecutor can prove beyond [...]

Dec 28

In Texas, Masterminding a Burglary Is Still Burglary


Can you be charged with burglary even if you didn’t enter a building or commit the actual act? The answer, surprisingly, is yes… if the jury determines that you were the mastermind behind the burglary. Recently, one Texas woman was not only charged, but convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Below we’re going to tell you her story, detail what the Texas laws state about burglary, and what to do if you are facing charges.

“Mastermind” Gets a 25-Year Sentence

In late September 2016, a man broke into a habitation with a weapon. His trial for burglary is pending, but recently the woman who asked him to do it was sentenced to 25 years in prison and [...]

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