Burglary Defense Attorney in Florida
Burglary charges are among the types of offenses that Florida prosecutors take most seriously. Burglaries do not necessarily carry prison time on the first offense unless it is a burglary to a dwelling, there is an assault or battery, or the defendant was armed. The State usually has very experienced prosecutors assigned to handle burglary charges; this is why it is extremely important for a person accused to also hire a highly skilled and experienced attorney to work on his/her defense.
How Burglary Cases Are Proven And Possible Defense Strategies
The State usually tries to prove robbery and burglary cases in two ways: direct evidence (ex. witness identification) or circumstantial evidence (ex. fingerprints). If the State tries to prove the case with direct evidence such as a witness testimony, our attorneys will extensively investigate into the witness’ background by examining whether the witness has any prior arrest record, history of mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, drug or alcohol use the day of the incident, the witness’ ability to see or know things he or she is testifying about, or any personal motive the witness may have against our client.
Even if law enforcement claims our client allegedly confessed, our criminal defense attorneys will inquire whether the police read our client his/her Miranda warnings if he/she was in custody, whether our client invoked his/her Miranda Rights, and whether the alleged confession was made freely and voluntarily or was it the product of police coercion, threats or intimidation.
If the State has circumstantial evidence, such as fingerprints, DNA, the suspect being found in recent possession of stolen property, or forensic evidence, our defense lawyers will investigate the methods the police used in preserving the evidence, and whether that evidence is sufficient for the State to prove the burglary charges. Eyewitness testimony is often used in the prosecution of burglary cases as well. However, studies have found that eyewitness testimony is among the least reliable pieces of evidence that should be utilized. Misidentification, faulty memory, blurred or hindered views, people who look or sound alike, people who have seen someone before and are confused about time sequences, poor eyesight or too brief of an encounter are all reasons which eyewitness identification is subject to serious questions and doubt when being used against an accused. More innocent people have been wrongly or falsely convicted for misidentification than any other reason.
Contact Our Burglary Attorneys in Orlando
If you or someone you know is charged with burglary, your freedom may be in great jeopardy. Contact an Orlando burglary defense attorney from our Firm immediately. Our experienced and knowledgeable team of defense attorneys handles criminal matters including burglary cases in Orlando, Kissimmee, Winter Park and across the Central Florida area. We are available 7 days a week at (407) 500-0000. You may also fill out the online form provided on this page or e-mail us at Defense@NeJamelaw.com. We value your privacy and will keep any information strictly confidential.